Ok… so guilty confession, I love pasta. I do. In almost every shape and fashion I adore pasta. So a few nights ago, when I had been working late and wanted to cook a home-cooked meal for the hubs and I, yet didn’t want to take a lot of time, I decided to try a new recipe, Turkey Bolognese from the All You Magazine – January 2014. This was not only super simple, very time efficient, but reheated excellently (as hubs took it to work for two days after!).
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp dried oregano
1 small cinnamon stick
kosher salt and pepper
1.25 pounds lean ground turkey
3 cups low sodium marinara sauce
12 ounce whole grain linguine
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
Chopped Fresh Basil and grated Parmesan, for serving
Heat the oil in a large skillet or dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, celery and garlic. Cook, covered, stirring occasionally for about 6-7 minutes.
Add the thyme oregano, cinnamon and ¼ tsp each salt and pepper. Cook, stirring about a minute or so.
Add the turkey and cook, breaking it up with a spoon until the turkey is no longer pink (around 5-7 minutes). Add the marinara sauce and ½ cup water and simmer until the mixture is slightly thickened and the turkey is tender, approximately 20-25 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the package directions, drain the pasta and return to the pot.
Discard the cinnamon from the turkey mixture, stir in the nutmeg and toss with the pasta. Serve with basil and Parmesan if desired.
A few notes – I used home made marinara sauce, but you can use whatever you have. I make it in large batches and then freeze it in smaller sizes and unfreeze and use as necessary. Also, I personally don’t like celery in my sauces, but I did it in this sauce as the directions called to… didn’t make a major difference one way or the other. Also, I added some Rosemary, just because when I smelled the sauce it smelled like it could use a little. Finally, I used whole wheat thin spaghetti because that is what I had on hand. I hope you all enjoy this recipe and have a great weekend!
Until We Meet Again,