A Bolognese of Sorts

January 1 2013 019A few weeks ago while dining at an Italian in the city, I asked my friends food-saavy parent what bolognese was. The answer helped me instantly choose what I wanted to eat. A creamy meat sauce over noodles: what could be better?

When trying to figure out something to make for dinner tonight, I figured a little comfort food never hurt anyone so I threw together a meat sauce that doesn’t have the heaviness or texture of bolognese. I guess that means I simply made a meat sauce but calling it bolognese makes me feel a little fancier. That’s okay, right?


1/2 pound ground turkey (or beef)

1 clove of garlic, minced

1 small can low-sodium tomato sauce

1 small can low-sodium diced tomatoes

1/2 red bell pepper, diced

1 cup frozen peas

whole-wheat noodles (approx. 1/2 pound for this amount of sauce)

salt, pepper, parmasean cheese, parsley flakes

olive oil

To Make:

Fill pot approximately 3/4 of the way full with water and set on the stove over high heat. Sprinkle in a little salt and cover until boiling.

Drizzle about 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a skillet and turn stove on to medium heat. Add garlic to pan and cook for 1 minute. Add ground turkey and break up with wooden spoon. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and mix.

Cook until meat is no longer pink then add all other ingredients, mix, and reduce heat to medium-low. Stir every few minutes to reduce splatters.

When water comes to a boil, add noodles, and stir every two minutes until done (approximately 8-10 minutes).

Sprinkle about a tablespoon of parmasean into the sauce and a shake of parsley flakes. Stir then remove from heat right before draining pasta.

Drain pasta when finished, plate, and top with a heaping spoonful of sauce. Sprinkle with more parmasean to taste, and enjoy!


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