Monday, March 9, 2009

turkey bolognese ... 1 hour and 30 minutes

I know what you're thinking, an hour and a half!? I did all the prep work for this (chopping, measuring, etc.) ahead of time and put it in tupperware - it made cooking it a breeze!

the goods:

6 ounces turkey bacon, finely chopped
1 large onion, finely chopped
3 carrots, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
1 pound ground turkey
3/4 cup white wine
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
1 can (14.5 ounces) chicken broth
1/2 cup half and half
1 pound ziti pasta, cooked according to package instructions

In a 5-quart dutch oven or heavy pot, cook bacon over medium until crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. Add onion, carrots, and celery; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally until vegetables are tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

Add turkey; cook, breaking up meat with spoon, until no longer pink, 8 to 9 minutes. Add wine and garlic; cook until wine has almost evaporated, 10 to 15 minutes. Add tomato paste; cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 7 to 10 minutes.

Add broth and half-and-half; bring to a boil over high. Reduce to a simmer, and cook until sauce is thick and creamy, about 30 minutes more. Serve over ziti or pasta of your choice and enjoy with some garlic bread!

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