What a dinner. This bowl of Turkey Bolognese over Zoodles hit the spot. I’m not usually one for a meat sauce, but this was on par for a North End restaurant. (Ok, not quite, but it gives the original a run for its money if you lighten up the dish.) The sauce is really simple to make and can be prep as a one pot dish ahead of time. It can easily be frozen, but does dry out a tad and lose a bit of its sauciness. The carrots and bell pepper add flavor and color to the sauce, while the red wine brings a little acidity and depth. As it’s almost September (– time is litttterally flying), try making this on one of those it’s-just-becoming-cool-and-crisp fall nights.
Ingredients (serves 6).
For the Bolognese:
- 2 t light olive oil
- 1 T minced garlic
- 1/3 c onion, diced
- 1/4 c matchstick carrots
- 1/3 c yellow bell pepper, diced
- 1 t dried basil
- 1 t dried oregano
- 1 lb lean ground turkey
- 1 link chicken sausage, thinly sliced or diced (I used Brat Hans Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Sausage)
- 2 T tomato paste
- 2 cans (13.5 oz) diced tomatoes, no salt added — only drain one can
- 1/3 c dry red wine
- Salt/pepper to taste
For the “Pasta”:
- 3 medium zucchini, spiralized
- 2 t light olive oil (omit if you “steam”)
- Red pepper flakes
- In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic, onion carrots and bell pepper. Sauté until fragrant, about 3-4 min.
- Stir in basil, oregano, ground turkey and chicken sausage. Cook until turkey is crumbled and brown and chicken sausage is hot throughout.
- Add tomato paste, diced tomatoes (only drain one can) and red wine. Bring sauce to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 25-30 min, stirring occasionally. Makes about 6 c of sauce.
- To cook zoodles,
- SAUTÉ: heat 2 t light olive oil over medium heat. Toss zoodles and cooked for 2-3 min or until zucchini noodles are tender, but still al dente. Remove from heat and plate.
- STEAM: Alternatively, spiralize half a zucchini into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1-2 min until zucchini noodles are tender, but still al dente.
- Top zoodles with 1 c sauce. Garnish with extra basil, red pepper flakes and/or parmesan.
Adapted from Eat Yourself Skinny‘s “Zucchini Noodles with Simple Bolognese Sauce.”
Nutrition for 1 serving (1/2 zoodles sautéed with 3/4 c sauce — no garnishes).
223 calories • 8.4 g fat (36%) • 12.7 g carbs (24%) • 21.3 g protein (40%) • 7.9 g sugar
These are estimates based off specific products I used and how I entered ingredients in a fitness tracker. This is completely subjective and used to give a rough nutritional estimate.
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