Mince turkey ragu & pasta
Added by Aristide | Tue 04 Jan 2011 @ 22:14
Do we really get that fed up with turkey at Christmas that we just don\'t want to eat it for another year?
Roast turkey is great, but there\'s just so much more you can do with turkey. All the big supermarkets sell turkey meat in various forms: mince, diced, escallops (breast and thigh), turkey drumsticks and is available all year round. Ironically the only time they seem to take it off the shelves is Christmas.
Turkey is a very healthy meat, low in fat and cholesterol yet high in protein and very tasty and versatile. And it\'s cheap and excellent value. 500 grams of turkey mince costs around £2.
Why not substitute beef mince with turkey mince for a healthy alternative?
Try this (feeds 4)
3 - 4 tablespoons of olive oil
2 large chopped onions
1 chopped green pepper.
1 or more garlic cloves according to how much you love garlic
(this is optional)
A couple of tea spoons of mixed dry herbsē Fresh is better, thyme, oregano,basil, parsley and rosemary in any variation.
1 jar of healthy eating pasta sauce of your choice (either proprietary or supermarket own brandē If you have time then freshly
squeezed tomato juice is best.
small pack of grated parmesan, use cheddar if preferred.
glass of wine, red or white (optional)
Heat the oil in a saucepan till hot (but not smoking). Add the chopped onion and chopped green pepper to the hot oil and stir over the fire till onions are lightly browned.
Place the turkey mince into the pan, add the herbs and garlic (chopped) and stir until the meat grains have separated and flow freely. This will take a few minutes.
(If you feel adventurous add half a glass or red wine, sherry or marsala for that extra Med air and even a small chopped green pepper with the onions and garlic).
Add the pasta sauce or fresh squeezed tomatoes stirring and bring to simmer. Add salt & pepper to taste, as they say.
Allow to simmer for at least 40 minutes on a medium heat checking and stirring frequently. Check the sauce does not dry up. Top up with a little boiling water if necessary.
Boil some pasta of your choice according to the instructions on the packaging. Ideally fresh pasta. This will accompany most pasta, spaghetti, tagliatelle, penne, or quills.
Once cooked spread some of the pasta on a plate and serve the turkey ragu on top with a sprinkling of cheese (also add chopped fresh basil or parsley for that extra touch.
The ingredients used in pasta sauces vary but almost all include onions. but depending on the flavour type.may also contain garlic, green peppers and herbs. If You don\'t want too rich a taste then omit the chopped onion garlic and herbs. Alternatively you may use tomato pure or tinned chopped tomatoes. Freshly squeezed is still best though.
Add or subtract any ingredients you want, vary the quantities according to your desires. You\'re the boss.
Other ingredients you can add are chopped mushrooms, chopped carrots, chopped celery or peas.