This recipe is the perfect thing to make if you have some extra time on your hands one night. I made this last weekend, and thoroughly enjoyed myself throughout the entire process. It is a bit of a slow cooking meal, but ohhhh boy is it worth it. If you feel like taking your time one night and making a delicious meal for friends, this is the perfect dish!
Disclaimer: this recipe becomes even more fun if you consume a very generous glass (or two…..) of wine. 😉
And I knowww that pasta is not a healthy meal. But, I am all about balance! If you are craving pasta one night, have the pasta! Just not every night and keep the portions reasonable. I make my bolognese sauce “Skinny Belle” by using turkey instead of beef! Way less fat and way better for you.
What’s in it:
- 2 pounds ground turkey
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 3 large diced peppers (red, yellow)
- 1 large white onion
- 2 finely shredded carrots
- 5 garlic cloves minced
- 1 cup red wine
- 2 cans 28 oz crushed tomatoes
- 1 small tomato paste can (4 oz)
- 4 bay leaves
- 1 tbsp dried oregano
- 1 tbsp dried thyme
- small handful of fresh (or dried) basil
- 2 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp worcestershire sauce
- ¼ cup fresh parsley finely chopped
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese
Get your wine ready friends… because here are the steps (which are unusually long for me haha!)
1) Chop up all those yummy veggies.
2) Cook 2 lbs of turkey in a non-stick frying pan, and set aside once its done. It should be browning just a little bit.
3) Get a nice big pot out. Seriously get the biggest one you have because this recipe makes lots. 😛 Put your olive oil in, heat to medium and add in the onion, carrots, and peppers. Add in the garlic last. Cook all this together for about 3 minutes.
4) Add in the wine and let simmer for about 1.5 minutes.
5) Now, toss in your basil, thyme, and oregano.
6) Add crushed tomatoes and the tomato paste.
7) Put in the salt and bay leaves.
8) Simmer for an hour. This is when your friends and wine come in realll handy 😉 )
9) And FINALLY, add in parmesan (<– cheese is my first love in life) and parsley. Simmer for another 25 mins.
10) Remove the bay leaves, and ENJOY!!!
I don’t usually make meals that take quite this long, but this was SO delicious it was definitely worth the wait! And it makes so much that I have tons of leftovers. Great news for everyone.
Comment below and let me know if you give this a go, or share your own bolognese recipe! And a big Happy Thanksgiving to my friends in the United States! <3