Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fast and Easy Turkey Bolognese

Though I do try to curb my natural carb-a-holic tendencies by topping them with vegetables on occasion, sometimes, there's just no substitute for a big bowl of pasta with meat sauce.  This fast and easy turkey bolognese totally hits the spot on those cold winter (or SPRING WHY DID YOU LEAVE ME SO SOON) nights.

Traditional bolognese is made with beef and pork, carrots, celery, and wine.  Then, you simmer it forever and ever so all the flavors meld together in a big, delicious pot of happiness.  You should definitely do this sometime, because it is so worth the time, but I was low on time (starving) and wanted something a little lighter (my pants are snug), so I used ground turkey.

If you have any forethought at all, you should probably take the meat out of the freezer more the 2 hours before you cook it.  However, if you don't, just plop that ish on in there and break it up.  It'll be fine. 

Fast and Easy Turkey Bolognese:

1 Pound Ground Turkey
2 28 oz Cans Crushed Tomatoes
1 6 oz Can Tomato Sauce
1 Medium Onion, Chopped
3 Cloves Garlic, Pressed or Minced
2 Bay Leaves
1-2 Teaspoons Italian Seasoning (or substitute dried thyme, oregano, and parsley separately)
Salt and Pepper to Taste

Heat up some olive oil in the bottom of a large pot.  When hot, add the onion and garlic.  Cook until soft.

Add in the turkey and brown.  When it is almost completely done, add in the tomatoes and seasoning.

Cover and bring up to a simmer; let it cook for at least 15-20 minutes, so that the flavors have some time to meld together.

Don't forget to remove the bay leaves before eating - ICK.

Serve over your choice of pasta and top with cheese.

If you wanted to spice it up some, definitely feel free to add whatever you want/have on hand.  If I had any wine (weird...), I definitely would have added a glug or 5.  Same with other kinds of random veggies (carrots and celery are traditionally used) or spices.

This makes enough for about 10000 people.  Luckily it freezes really well, so check your Tupperware supply before you start.  Now, slip into your carb coma and fall asleep.  You earned it.


  1. I always forget to utilize my bay leaves and boy do they make a difference! Thanks for the reminder.

    1. I'm generally forgetful with spices, but I'm working on it. It makes SUCH a huge difference!!