If you can’t tell, I’m kind of obsessed with Italian food. I love the richness that every dish has, but I DON’T love what it does to my dress size! I can’t give up all of my favorite foods for the sake of being a skinny bitch. Therefore, this is yet another one of my Italian favorites that I have adapted to be healthier.
Turkey Sausage Bolognese
4 Turkey Sausages, remove meat from casing
1/2 onion, chopped
8oz. white mushrooms, sliced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 28 oz. can Tomato Puree
1 28 oz. can Crushed Tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 medium carrot, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
In a large pot, heat 1 tablespoon EVOO over medium heat. Add the turkey sausage and cook until no longer pink. Remove from pot, and drain the fat.
Add the onion, carrot and celery. Cook until translucent and slightly tender, about 4 minutes. Season with some salt and pepper. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
Add the mushrooms and cook until browned.
Add the sausage back to the pot. Pour in the tomato puree, followed by the crushed tomatoes. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, basil and oregano. Simmer for 20-30 minutes. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve over whole wheat pasta of your choice.