Now that the weather has gotten cooler I’ve turned to the warmer, heartier recipes in My Father’s Daughter. Despite not eating red meat there is plenty of good cold weather food in the book and I decided to start with a classic, bolognese. Gwyneth calls for ground turkey and turkey sausage in her recipe, both of which I love. I am sure ground beef and pork sausages could be used as well. The day that I made it was rather wet so I was able to let it simmer for the full four hours, but it would’ve been fine after two. The other option is to place it all in the slow-cooker and let it simmer that way. Either, this simple flavorful sauce comes together very easily and is perfect for a weeknight meal. We all loved it tossed with penne and I’m sure your family will too!
Easy Turkey Bolognese
adapted from My Father’s Daughter
6 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 lb Italian sausage, cut into 4-inch links
1 pound ground turkey (dark meat)
Salt & Pepper
2 medium yellow onions, finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 28-ounces cans of whole peeled tomatoes with juices
1/3 cup tomato paste
1 lb rigatoni
Parmesan for serving
1. Heat half of the olive oil in a large deep pot and cook the sausages until browned, about 1- minutes. Remove them to a plate to cool. Add the ground turkey to the pan along with a pinch of salt and pepper and cook the turkey for about 10 minutes, or until it is browned all the way through, loosening it up as you go. Remove the turkey to a separate plate.
2. Add the rest of the olive oil to the pan and add the onion and garlic. Cook them until softened, about 10 to 12 minutes. Then pour in the tomatoes and about 1/2 cup a water, and add back in the ground turkey and sausages. Bring the sauce to a boil for a minute, then reduce the heat to low and cook for 2 to 3 hours. Stir every hour or so and add water if the sauce appears too dry. At the last hour add the tomato paste and some more salt and pepper and stir in.
3. Cook the pasta according to package directions and serve with the hot sauce and a large dose of Parmesan!