Tonight for dinner I made Giada De Laurentis's version of Turkey Bolognese (recipe below). I made a few small changes, I reduced the amount of oil because it seemed excessive, I used lean ground beef because that's what the hubs preferred, and used Rozoni Smart Taste spaghetti because it is both high in fiber and calcium. I also used fresh basil from my garden and chopped all my produce on my new fantastic butcher block with our mind blowing Calphalon knife set. A new knife against butcher block is like a DREAM. I die.
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
1 pound shredded cooked turkey (preferably dark meat)
3 cups marinara sauce
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 pound spaghetti
Freshly grated Parmesan
Heat the oil in a heavy large frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the carrot and celery and saute until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the turkey and saute 1 minute. Add the marinara sauce. Decrease the heat to medium-low and simmer gently for 15 minutes to allow the flavors to blend, stirring often. Stir in the 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 the spaghetti in a large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite, stirring often, about 8 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Add the pasta to the sauce and toss to coat, adding enough reserved cooking liquid to moisten as needed. Serve with the Parmesan.
Dessert was a variation on Rocky Road Fudge by Hungry Girl (see recipe) and they're only one point! I've been a Hungry Girl fan for years and am even more so lately since she and WW have a partnership. I haven't dug into this yet, it's still cooling on the stove, but I have great expectations from the looks of it. I'm only sad that D is working late and couldn't enjoy this with me. However, I'm sure he'll appreciate the leftovers since he doesn't have time to run out for lunch much these days.