Homemade turkey bolognese

Homemade turkey bolognese

Homemade turkey bolognese

A box of pasta with a jar of pasta sauce can make an easy pantry meal (see: vodka sauce and meatballs), but sometimes you have a little extra time or want something a little bit fancier. For those situations, I present to you this homemade turkey bolognese. While you do need some time to let the sauce simmer, there’s only about 10 minutes of hands-on time. And as a bonus, this sauce would be great to make on the weekend and freeze for a quick weeknight dinner.

Homemade turkey bolognese
(Serves about 6)
By Jane and Michael’s Gourmet Extravaganza (Adapted from Dinner: A Love Story)

  • 2-3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 medium carrots, finely diced
  • 1 stalk celery, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Dash of dried thyme
  • Dash of paprika
  • 3 Tbsp of tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 cups of canned tomatoes (blend to a more uniform consistency, if desired)
  • 1 Tbsp butter

Heat 2-3 Tbsp oil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add the finely diced onion, carrots, celery, and garlic (I used a food processor to chop the veggies) and saute over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add the ground turkey, season with salt and pepper, and cook until browned, draining any excess fat.

Stir in the fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, thyme, paprika, tomato paste, and water. Add the 4 cups of canned tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve bolognese over 1 lb of cooked pasta (or a gluten-free alternative, if you prefer).

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