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Meat and Vegetable Sauce
  • 60 MINUTES COOK TIME
  • 80 MINUTES TOTAL TIME
PHOTO BY LAURA HEINEMAN

Ingredients

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 4 leaves basil
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 (15 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz.) can tomato paste
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Directions

Mise en place:

  • Wash and dry produce.
  • Mince clove of garlic, onion, carrot and celery.
  • Slice basil into thin strips.
  • Measure out the ingredients.

Prepare:

  • Heat the oil and the saucepan over medium heat. Add the ground turkey and sauté until it is all browned.
  • Add the garlic, onion, carrot, celery, and tomato paste and cook until the onions are translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Stir frequently to make sure the onions don’t burn to the pan.
  • Add the tomatoes and half of the basil leaves and cook until the sauce starts to simmer. Add the salt and pepper. Turn the heat to low, and reduce the sauce for another 30 minutes. Reducing makes the sauce thicker by cooking out the extra water. Turn off the heat.

Serve:

  • Add the remaining basil on top.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Recipe in Action

  • 6 Servings
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
Click here for Nutrition Facts Nutrition Tip

Pair meat and vegetable sauce with whole wheat pasta for a great source of protein and fiber.

Cultural Facts

Known in Italian as ragù, meat and vegetable sauce originated in Italy. Meat and vegetable sauce is traditionally served over pasta.

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