To create the best meat sauce you need time to marry the flavors; the longer you simmer the more intense the flavors. Couple the meat with beans to create an exotic texture. And add spinach, or you can use kale, to incorporate vegetables into the sauce – kids will enjoy it, spinach and all.
This is a very satisfying meat sauce that will keep you warm. Using turkey meats keep the sauce light – use organic meats if you can and definitely use organic spinach. Pair this Meat Sauce with your favorite pasta. The perfect partner for this wholesome and delicious sauce was a Cacio E Pepe (cheese and fresh ground black pepper) style spaghetti with a twist – hint of fresh garlic. I use garlic in almost every dish – it has amazing health benefits. ConsumerReports.
This sauce is worth the time it takes to simmer. It is very simple to prepare; then set the simmer in motion and forget-about-it! Enjoy.
Herbs and Spices Turkey Meat Sauce
- 1 pound ground turkey meat
- 1 pound fresh hot turkey sausage
- 1 -15 ounces can red beans rinsed thoroughly
- 1 medium or large shallot chopped
- 4 cloves fresh garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme chopped
- 1 teaspoon fresh chives chopped
- 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary chopped
- 1 teaspoon fresh oregano chopped
- 1 teaspoon fresh cilantro chopped
- 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
- 2 -28 ounces bottle Marinara Sauces
- 1 cup whole milk
- 10 ounces organic baby spinach
- Optional: fresh grated parmesan cheese for garnish
In a 5 or 6 quart Dutch oven pot, heat 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, over medium heat.
Add the shallots and cook for about 5 minutes until translucent.
Add the herbs and garlic – thyme, chives, rosemary, oregano, cilantro. Sauté for about 1 to 2 minutes until fragrant.
Add the spices – black pepper, salt, paprika and nutmeg. Sauté for 1 to 2 minutes.
Add the turkey ground meet and the sausage. Stir to incorporate the herbs and spices – breaking up the sausage as go. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes – until the meats are no longer pink – stirring occasionally, breaking up any lumps of meat.
Add the marinara sauce, milk and beans. Stir to incorporate. Cover the pot with a tight lid. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer for 2 hours. Stir occasionally.
Add the spinach, cover the pot and allow the spinach to wilt – 2 to 5 minutes. Stir to incorporate. Turn off the stove. The sauce is ready to serve with your favorite pasta. Optional: Sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Enjoy.
For this recipe -you can use all turkey ground meat if you prefer. You can also use black beans instead of red or you can eliminate it alltogether. You can substitute kale instead of spinach.