No. 17: Turkey Bolognese – 9.2.12
Turkey mince is probably the best substitute for regular beef mince if you are wanting to cut down on fat and lose some weight! I always eat turkey mince with rice, cooking it in a mix of honey, soy sauce and spices which is delicious! I picked up a ‘Waitrose Recipe Card’ when I was in there shopping the other day; they have this ‘Love Life’ campaign of low fat healthy foods now (which some of it tastes so good) and this recipe was part of that. Turkey mince has next to no fat in it so is a really good change from beef mince or even chicken!
a spritz of olive oil spray
1 onion, chopped
1 large carrots, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 rosemary sprigs (or use dried rosemary if you have it!)
500g of Turkey Mince
800g of chopped tomatoes
6 sun dried tomatoes, chopped
300g of spaghetti or any pasta you have
Spritz a large pan with the oil and add the onion, carrot, celery and garlic to it and cook for 5 minutes. I would stir it from time to time to make sure the garlic doesn’t burn or the other ingredients don’t catch.
Add the herbs and turkey and cook this for a further 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes and a splash of water (for this I used a bit of Passata which is sieved tomatoes which just adds a bit more liquid instead of the water), bring to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes or longer if you can. Until you have a rich thick sauce. Stir this from time to time to make sure it doesn’t burnt at the bottom of your pan!
Whilst the sauce is cooking, cook the spaghetti/pasta in a large pan of boiling water for 8-12 minutes depending on what kind of pasta you are using. Drain this and mix the sauce in with the pasta and serve with some grated cheese. I used a dollop of cream cheese which makes it even healthier!
Such a good way to use Turkey mince! I’ve never used rosemary in a Bolognese before, it wasn’t over powering but every so often you taste it coming through and it really made a difference! It was a nice change from using basil all the time! This meal also counts as towards 2 portions of your 5-a-day! I left out the carrot and celery though as they set off my IBS so I just added more onion but if you use a larger range of vegetables, it will bulk up your Bolognese sauce and will stretch over more meals if you are trying to save your pennies! You can use the sauce in all sorts of things, for example:
If it’s thick enough, add some kidney beans and you have a chilli you can use in burritos!
Toast English Muffin, top with the sauce and some cheese and you have your own make shift mini Pizzas!
One way I love to use left over sauce is to put the rest in the bottom of a baking dish, top it with mashed sweet potato, sprinkle a bit of paprika on top and bake to make a variation of Cottage Pie!