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VERY tasty & a bit healthier than a traditional bolognese. Hearty mix of vegetables, leaner meat, and pasta make this a great one-dish meal. This recipe is taken from Men's Health magazine (Apr '08) - I thought my DH was crazy when he asked me to look at a recipe from a men's magazine, but we all loved it! Even the picky teenagers :) I made this dish with a whole box of Penne pasta, which made the dish go a little farther for leftovers. Also, I used a Reduced Fat smoked turkey/pork sausage in place of the 'diced smoked turkey.' It was VERY tasty and I will probably stick with that when I make this again. I also added to the carrots, since I wanted to make this a one-dish meal and skip a side dish. I know most bolognese recipes usually have a thicker sauce, but because you're using milk (I used skim) in this recipe instead of cream, it's a little different. But in the end, there is no sacrifice of taste...just calories and fat!
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1⁄4 cup turkey, smoked, diced
- 1 carrot, peeled and diced
- 1 stalk celery, diced
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 lb ground sirloin
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 3⁄4 cup red wine
- 3⁄4 cup chicken broth
- 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1⁄4 cup milk
- 4 ounces whole wheat penne
- 4 tablespoons lowfat mozzarella cheese, grated
- Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
- Add the smoked turkey, carrot, celery, and onion, and cook until lightly browned and very tender, about 10 minutes.
- Add crushed garlic and ground sirloin to the pan and cook until beef is browned, about 5 minutes.
- Add the wine, stirring well, and cook for 10 more minutes.
- Add chicken broth, tomatoes, and milk; simmer uncovered over medium-low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent the sauce from sticking to the pan.
- Cook the pasta according to package directions.
- Drain pasta and top it with the meat sauce.
- Garnish with grated cheese.