Recently my husband and I were talking dinner. Well if we are being honest, probably more me than him, I just like to pretend we have food conversations since I am obsessed with all things food. I was craving a good homemade bolognese and Kevin suggested I just make a crock pot version to kind of set it and forget it. Well, as it usually goes, life happens and the ingredients never made it into the crock pot. By dinner time, my window to prepare something had shortened considerably, and I had to leave for an overnight shift at work in the next few hours. So this crock pot meal turned into a very quick 30 min meal. Fortunately, this bolognese is magical and has the same slow cooked taste and feel. It is so great topped on pappardelle, but can be made even “skinnier” by exchanging the pasta for zucchini noodles.
The trick to making this dish taste like it has been cooking for hours is right there in the vegetable prep. Most ragu and bolognese sauces are secretly packed with veggies that cook for hours. I used a FOOD PROCESSOR to help shred them into small pieces, which speeds cooking time considerably. Fun fact: my little picky eater does not like pasta, meat, and most veggies. We like to call him a vegetarian that doesn’t like vegetables. He wasn’t crazy about the pappardelle, but ate every bite of this veggie laced sauce. Another mom win in the books ;) I like to sneak his veggies in other ways too, like in this SMOKED COLLARD AND VEGGIE LASAGNA or 4 INGREDIENT TURKEY SAUSAGE CASSEROLE. I love that he gets nutrition, and we don’t have to sacrifice flavor!
With much love from my table to yours,
Skinny Turkey Bolognese
Quick, easy 30 min meal that is packed with veggies and tastes like it's been cooking all day. Goes great with pappardelle or zoodles!
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 medium onion
- 2 medium carrots
- 1 celery stalk with leaves
- 1 28oz crushed fire roasted tomatoes canned
- 1 4oz tomato paste canned
- 1/2 cup marsala wine
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 3 cups pappardelle pasta cooked
Heat large skillet on stovetop to medium high heat. Saute turkey until golden brown, breaking into small pieces, about 4-5 min. While turkey is cooking, place onion, carrots and celery in the food processor using the shredder blade. Add veggies to turkey and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, marsala wine, and cream. Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer, covered for 15-20 min. Cook noodles while sauce is simmering. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve over 1/2 cup pappardelle pasta or 1-2 cups zucchini noodles. Enjoy!
Make it even skinnier! Change the pappardelle pasta to zoodles, or do half and half.
*nutrition facts are for bolognese over 1/2 cup pappardelle pasta
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