Thanksgiving is almost here! What better to serve than turkey?! Here's another turkey recipe that is different from the classic turkey for Thanksgiving--turkey bolognese! The ground turkey pairs nicely with the spaghetti and will make your Thanksgiving just that more special.
- 1⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
- 1 lb ground cooked turkey, preferably dark meat
- 3 cup marinara sauce
- 1⁄4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
- 1 salt
- 1 black pepper, freshly ground
- 1 lb spaghetti
- 1 parmesan cheese, freshly grated
- Heat oil in a heavy large frying pan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add carrot and celery and saute until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add turkey and saute 1 minute. Add marinara sauce. Decrease the heat to medium-low and simmer gently for 15 minutes to allow the flavors to blend, stirring often. Stir in basil. Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper. (The sauce can be made 1 week ahead. Cool the sauce completely, then transfer it to a container and freeze for future use. Bring the sauce to a simmer before using.)
- Meanwhile, cook spaghetti in a large pot of boiling salted water until just tender, but still firm to bite, stirring often, about 8 minutes. Drain and reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Add pasta to the sauce and toss to coat, adding enough reserved cooking liquid to moisten as needed. Serve with parmesan cheese.