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    Turkey Bolognese

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    5 hrs 40 mins

    40 mins

    5 hrs

    LifeIsGood's Note:

    This is such a fabulous recipe from Gwyneth Paltrow! It's a perfect weekend meal. Make sure you allow a good 5 hours, because this is one of those long simmering/make your house smell amazing recipes. It's bolognese made a bit healthier, because of the turkey, but it satisfies every single bit as much as a red meat bolognese. I like to serve this with a Caesar salad and some homemade garlic bread. Yum!

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    1. 1
      Heat 2-3 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add the sausages and cook, turning them occasionally, until browned all over - about 10 minutes. Remove the sausages to a plate.
    2. 2
      Add the ground turkey to the pot and add salt and pepper to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes, or until browned. Remove to a separate plate.
    3. 3
      Add another 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil to the pot and add the onion and garlic. Cook until they soften and just begin to brown - about another 10 minutes.
    4. 4
      Add the tomatoes and their juice along with about a 1/2 cup of water (used to swish out the cans).
    5. 5
      Add the ground turkey, stir the sauce well and then nestle in the turkey sausages. Bring the sauce to a boil, season to taste with salt and pepper(doesn't really need much-if at all-salt at this point). Turn the heat to low.
    6. 6
      Cover almost completely iwth a lid (letting the steam escape from one side) and gently simmer for about 4 hours - adding splashes of water every hour or so if the sauce is drying out at all.
    7. 7
      Uncover the sauce and stir in the tomato paste. Barely cover the pot this time and simmer for another hour.
    8. 8
      When it's almost time to serve, bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt generously. Add the rigatoni and cook according to the pacakage directions.
    9. 9
      Serve the sauce over the cooked rigatoni with a good grating of Parmesan cheese on top.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 27, 2011


      This sauce is fantastic and we all really enjoyed it on penne, topped with some freshly grated parmesan with some fresh Italian bread on the side. It's a bit of work at the beginning but that's really it. I only had to add a total of about 1/2 cup water during the process because it kept most of its liquid. The only thing that I wasn't sure about was should I cut the sausages into 4 x inch-long pieces or 4" long pieces. Ha ha! I just cut them in half and left it at that! Made for my teammate for ZWT7. Thanks LifeIsGood! :)

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    Nutritional Facts for Turkey Bolognese

    Serving Size: 1 (193 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 823.2
    Calories from Fat 332
    Total Fat 36.9 g
    Saturated Fat 5.6 g
    Cholesterol 195.2 mg
    Sodium 1048.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 74.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.4 g
    Sugars 9.3 g
    Protein 48.9 g

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