Thursday, February 3, 2011

Spaghetti and Spicy Turkey Meat Sauce

I think everyone at some point or other has made spaghetti with meat sauce. It's easy, comforting, and a staple in most homes.  After trying dozens of recipes, I finally found one that I love. It has the perfect amount of heat and flavor that turkey meat usually lacks, and as Rachel Ray promises can be prepared in 30 minutes or less.    
Spaghetti and Spicy Turkey Meat Sauce
-Rachel Ray
Serves: 4
1 pound whole wheat spaghetti
2 tbsp EVOO
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 pound lean ground turkey
salt/black pepper
One 28 oz can San Marzano Crushed Tomatoes (or you can use diced tomatoes)
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1/4 cup chopped parsley (I used about 1/2 tsp dried parsley)
I also added a dash of oregano
2 tbsp grated parmesan, plus more for serving

In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente; drain, reserving 1 cup pasta cooking water.  Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat; add the onion and cook until softened, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Increase the heat to medium-high, crumble in the turkey, season with salt and black pepper and cook until the turkey is just no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and crushed red pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 15 minutes. Stir in the parsley and cheese. Toss the pasta with the sauce and 1/2 cup reserved pasta cooking water, adding more water to thin the consistency, if desired. Serve immediately with more cheese.
 PC: Food Network

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