Quick turkey bolognese will need to be added to your list of recipes to make soon.
However, my late husband made THE BEST pasta sauce.
He would buy a bushel of roma tomatoes at the end of the summer for like $10 and painstakingly blanch and peel the skin (because I was a super picky eater back then and he knew I didn’t like tomato skins!).
First, he would start the sauce on a Saturday morning and we wouldn’t eat it until Sunday night.
Tony was an amazing cook – check out this old post from 2009! Ignore the shitty photography but please read it until the end. 😀
What is the secret to quick turkey bolognese?
My quick turkey bolognese is ready in about 20 minutes, but tastes like it’s been simmering for 48 hours. Couple of tricks: I brown the ground turkey to get it more flavor, then cook the turkey with a 6 ounce can of tomato paste and beef broth to give the sauce a beefy mouth feel.
How to get a beefy flavor without beef in this quick turkey bolognese.
Adding mushrooms helps with the beefiness – don’t worry, they are pureed, so Mom, you won’t be able to tell they are in there! Her famous words to me when she put onions in everything. 😂
What is Natural Heaven Pasta?
Let’s talk about Natural Heaven’s hearts of palm pasta. No it doesn’t taste like pasta. It tastes like hearts of palm in the shape and cut of pasta. That being said, I love hearts of palm, so it’s an easy sell for me. Plus, I rarely eat it on its own – I’ve even made tater tots with them! You can check out all the things I’ve made with this stuff here. It’s perfect for this quick turkey bolognese.
But mixed with pasta – it bulks up your plate!
Using whole wheat fettuccine, my pasta was zero points, I used 1/2 cup of my sauce on top, and this is a zero point dinner, which also comes in at 305 calories, thanks to the hearts of palm pasta.
This made 8 1/2 cup servings. I am thinking of all the things I can make with the leftovers other than pasta – stuffed shells with spinach and mozzarella cheese, individual pasta bake, stuffed zucchini – so many possibilities!
Let me know if you try this quick turkey bolognese – I’d love to hear what you think about it! What’s your favorite pasta sauce?
Until then, be well!