Friday, May 4, 2012

Pasta with Turkey Meat Sauce

Pasta with Turkey Meat Sauce

My first stab at a meat sauce. This uses turkey and should be pretty healthy - so it is really a total win. Had a great taste and is a definite winner on our end. It was inspired by a recipe from Real Simple and my Mediterranean Pasta.

Ingredients (serves 4-5)
1 12-14 oz pound box of penne (whole grain or equivalent).
2 tbsp Olive oil
1 Medium onion, finely chopped
1 Red pepper, finely chopped
3 tsp Garlic, finely chopped (or 3 cloves)
1/2 cup Parsley, chopped
8-10 oz Ground turkey (93% lean) - about half a package
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 28-ounce can Crushed tomatoes
1 tsp Dried oregano
1/2 tsp Dried basil

1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
2. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, pepper, parsley, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for around 3-4 minutes.
3. Add the turkey, kosher salt, and pepper and cook for around 8 minutes, stirring constantly.
4. Add the tomatoes, oregano, and basil - then simmer until the sauce thickens, around 8 minutes.

Serve sauce over pasta, adding Parmesan cheese if you like.

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