Bolognese from The Pioneer Woman

We tried another new recipe tonight. We were planning on having zucchini ‘lasagna’ (no noodles just zucchini slices) but when I pulled out our zucchini from Saturdays farmers market, it was floppy. Gross. Plan B was to make do with what I had, many Italian fixings including 2 cans of stewed tomatoes, 3 whole vine-ripe tomatoes, 1/2 lb cooked ground turkey, carrots, onion, celery, mushrooms, milk and noodles. Really, that was everything from our refrigerator, everything. I knew it was possible to make a good pasta sauce so I googled a few things on my iPad and when I saw that the Pioneer Woman had a recipe for Bolognese I knew I could stop searching. It worked perfectly with a few additions and substitutions and made a lot of sauce, the rest of which will be going in stuffed shells this weekend. MMMMmmmm!

Bolognese as adapted from The Pioneer Woman

3 tablespoons Canola Oil
1/4 cup Grated Carrots
1/4 cup Grated Celery
8-10 Button Mushrooms, very thinly sliced
1/2 White Onion, very thinly sliced
1/2 Pound Ground Turkey (mine was precooked having used the other half for tacos yesterday)
4 fresh Basil Leaves, roughly chopped
2 Cups Red Wine (I used Cabernet Sauvignon)
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire
2 cans Stewed Tomatoes
3 whole vine-ripe tomatoes
1 cup Milk
Salt And Pepper, to taste
Fresh Parmesan Cheese

After your hand is about to fall off from chopping and grating,


Heat oil in a large Dutch oven or skillet over medium heat. Add grated carrots, celery, mushrooms and onions and cook for a few minutes until tender. Add precooked turkey and heat just until warm (if using uncooked meat brown as usual).


When the meat is browned and combined with other ingredients, make a well in the center of the mixture and add red wine. Stir together. Add Worcestershire and stir. Add canned and fresh tomatoes. Add in basil. Finally, stir in milk.


Simmer for 30 minutes to 2 hours—however long you need. Mine cooked for about 2 hours, and it needed the time to become rich and thick instead of watery. It was delicious!

Finish pasta in sauce

Serve with a generous sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.



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