Tuesday, September 8, 2015

gwen's turkey bolognese

weeeeeeee're back! from an amazing two week vacation frolicking around europe.
we hit paris, cannes, antibes, nice, monaco, florence, cinque terre, athens and santorini!
posts and pictures to come! in the meantime, i can't tell you how excited i am for the change in season.... to get back in the kitchen, to get back in a routine, and to put away my summer clothes.

this has been on constant rotation in our house for the past few months.
as far as meat sauce goes - it's the easiest and most delicious one i've made in sometime.
i love the the simplicity of ingredients, and how hearty the outcome is.
i make a big pot and then B and i eat it over zucchini noodles throughout the week.


serves 4 (with leftovers)

5-6 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound italian turkey sausage, or any sausage you prefer 
1 pound ground turkey
course salt and fresh ground pepper
2 cups diced yellow onions
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 28oz cans whole peeled tomatoes with their juice
1/3 cup tomato paste
pasta or zucchini noodles
grated parmesan cheese for serving


1. heat olive oil in large pot over high heat. add sausage and cook, turning now 
and then until browned (about 10 minutes). remove sausage and set aside.

2. using the same pot, cook ground turkey with a pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper. 
cook, stirring often until nicely browned. remove turkey and set aside.

3. add another 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil and add onion and garlic. 
cook until softened and just beginning to brown, another 10 minutes.

4. add tomatoes and their juice along with about 1/2 cup of the 
water you've swished in the cans to get all the tomato out.

5. add ground turkey, stir well. add sausage.

6. bring the sauce to a boil, season to taste with salt and pepper, and turn the heat to low. 
cover almost completely with lid (letting steam escape from one side). 
gently simmer for 4 hours, adding splashes of water if the sauce is ever drying out.

7. uncover the sauce and stir in tomato paste. barely cover and simmer one more hour.

8. when it's almost ready, begin to prep either your pasta noodles 
OR your zucchini 'noodles' using your spiralizer.

9. serve with a sprinkle of cheese.

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