Zoodles and Bolognese Sauce

Ever since I was a little girl, my mom had been creating her bolognese sauce from scratch and I always was in awe of how delicious it was! When I started to grow up, she taught me the basics of this magical sauce and I have since learned how to put my own twists on it :p

Both the hubby and I try and stay away from too much pasta during the week, so I decided to visit my beloved Pinterest to find some alternatives to pasta without sacrificing too much in flavor or texture. This recipe is the perfect balance of texture and flavor that you almost feel guilty for getting up to get seconds 😉

For the sauce :

  • 5-6 slices of turkey bacon
  • 1 large white onion
  • 5 cloves garlic (you don’t have to use this much, but we loveeeeee garlic)
  • ½ pound mushrooms (sliced very small so the hubby doesn’t know)
  • 1 ½ pounds ground turkey
  • 2 carrots shredded
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 2 cans tomatoes
  • 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup white wine
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup milk ( I use 2%)

Directions : 

  1. In a pot with heated oil, add the carrots, garlic, celery, onions and bacon and cook until onions are translucent
  2. Add ground turkey and mushrooms and cook until brown, then add the wine (make sure you save a sip for yourself)
  3. Turn down to simmer, and add oregano, red pepper flakes, basil and nutmeg, salt and pepper
  4. Cook for 20 minutes
  5. Add tomatoes and tomato paste and bring to boil
  6. Once it’s at a boil, bring back down to simmer for about 2-4 hours, stirring constantly

For the zoodles : 

••• I bought a spiralizer off Amazon for $6.99 (which works amazingly) and used that on about 6-7 zucchinis. I tossed them in a little bit of butter, garlic and salt and pepper on the stove and let them cook for about 5-10 minutes tossing them frequently.

For the plating :

I use a fork to twirl and big bowl of zoodles in a bowl then add a huggeeeeeeee spoonful (or two) of the sauce right on top and VOILÁ

 

 

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