Easy chicken bolognese uses a jarred tomato sauce base with fresh vegetables added for flavor. This big batch freezer friendly recipe can be made ahead for extra quick weeknight dinners.
What's better than taking a difficult recipe and making it easy enough for a weeknight?
A recipe that makes a huge double batch that lets you cook once and freeze plenty for an even easier night another time!
This easy chicken bolognese checks both those boxes AND is lighter and healthier than traditional bolognese. Win-Win-Win!
I'm always looking for new ways to spice up our pasta rotation. In our house, noodles are practically their own food group.
When in doubt, if I make pasta for dinner I know I have the best chance of getting the kids to dig in. And while I might still struggle to get them to eat veggies they can see mixed in stir-fry style, pasta sauces are perfect for sneaking in a little extra hidden nutrition.
This recipe has a very simple list of ingredients, all you need to have on hand is:
- Ground chicken: You could also use ground turkey or pork if you prefer.
- Jarred marinara sauce: This adds so much more flavor than just plain canned tomatoes
- Minced Garlic
- Chicken stock
- Olive oil
- Pasta: Any shape you love but I recommend traditional spaghetti.
How to Prep the Veggies
The fresh vegetables add so much flavor to the bolognese sauce. They will soften and cook down into the marinara sauce but will not completely disappear.
Take the time to chop them extra small so that your bolognese isn't too chunky when you spoon it over your pasta.
Make Ahead and Freezer Tips
3 pounds of chicken sounds like a lot, but the whole purpose of this meal is to make a huge batch of sauce because it freezes so well.
I used what we needed on the first night and then stored the leftovers in several smaller containers so that an easy weeknight dinner is just a boiling box of noodles and a bagged salad away.
Leftovers will keep in the freezer for up to 6 months. Simply defrost in the fridge overnight and reheat in a saucepan on the stove or microwave it until heated through.
Want to round out the meal? I suggest these delicious and easy side dishes to go with your chicken bolognese: