Thick & Hearty Bolognese Sauce
If you’re looking for a versatile red sauce that can be the star of the simplest pasta dish or featured in a more complex italian meal, then look no further than this Bolognese Sauce.
This deep red, tasty treat is packed with flavor that builds from a number of the key ingredients including aromatics (carrots, onions, celery), a good lean meat (like turkey or beef) and table wine. With everything piled in, you might expect that the end dish might be too sinful to eat – but good news – it’s not.
This take on Bolognese is the perfect addition to your italian recipe collection because:
- it has many uses. Go old school by topping your fav pasta with it or amp dishes up by including it in things like – Lasagna, Baked Ziti, Ravioli, or as the sauce for your Chicken/Beef Parmesan.
- it’s the sauce that keeps on giving. Eat it the day it’s made, then freeze the rest for use at a later date. You can’t beat the convenience of having it around for when you might need a quick meal in 10 minutes or less. That’s all it takes to thaw in the microwave – and you can’t even tell it wasn’t made the same day. It’s that good reheated. This is a pretty cool way of keeping your family eating well when you don’t have time to cook a long meal.
- it’s low cal – believe it or not. Made with a bunch of healthy ingredients – the end product tastes good and is good for you. What more could you ask for?
The Nutritional Facts (estimated per 1/2 cup):
- Servings ~ about 10-12
- Calories ~ 125
- Total Fat ~ 1.5g
- Fiber ~ 1g
- WW ~ 2 pts
- one pound 96% extra lean, ground beef or extra lean turkey breast
- 1 carrot, very finely chopped
- 2 celery stalks, very finely chopped
- 1 onion, very finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tsp extra virgin, olive oil
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 (28 oz) cans of Crushed Tomatoes
- 1/2 cup red wine
- salt, pepper to taste
Making Your Dish:
- Heat 1 tsp oil in sauce pan to medium – high heat
- Add carrots, garlic, celery, onion & bay leaf. Cook 5 min until softened
- Add meat and brown until med – med well temperature
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Pour in wine, bring to boil. Then reduce temp to medium.
- Add tomatoes, continue cooking for at least 30 minutes
- Can cook for several hours. The longer, the better.
When trying the Bolognese, remember to save your leftovers in an air-tight container in the freezer. An upcoming post will feature a low-cal lasagna where this sauce will come in quite handy. Mangia and enjoy.
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