Monday, April 6, 2015

My Perfect Marinara

My Perfect Marinara

1 Pound Ground Turkey
3 Tbs Olive Oil, divided
1 Shallot, finely chopped
1 Garlic Clove, pressed
1 (14.5oz) Can Diced Tomatoes, pureed in blender
1/2 tsp dry Basil
1/2 tsp dry Oregano

  1. In a large frying pan, cook turkey over medium high heat until brown and then turn it on low to keep warm, stirring occasionally.
  2. In a small sauce pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat and add chopped shallot.  Cook only long enough for them to become translucent.
  3. Add pressed garlic clove to shallot, stir quickly until mixed.  Scoop out about half of the mixture and put it into the turkey.
  4. Add pureed tomatoes to shallot mixture, and stir until mixed.  Turn down to low and let simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Stir meat so that the scoop of shallot and garlic is evenly distributed and then add basil, oregano and salt (I used about 1/4 tsp).  Drizzle with last 1 tablespoon of olive oil and stir.
  6. Once most of the water has evaporated from the tomatoes, stir one more time and add as much meat as you'd like (More meat? More tomatoes?  It's up to you!).  Add salt to taste and pour over your favorite pasta, and top with Parmesan cheese!
It has been waaaaay too long since I've posted on here.  Update?  My husband and I have been married almost 7 years, my son turned 2 recently, and I've got another baby joining our little family in Mid-August.  I've been cured of Thyroid Cancer, I'm working way less (as in, I haven't worked since October, but I'm still on-call for the most amazing little Oncology office ever), and I try every day to appreciate every moment I am blessed to be on this earth!  God is faithful, and I am so busy with real life that I tend to ignore the computer on a regular basis.

Anyway, I've been googling a lot of recipes lately, and to be honest, all the commentary at the beginning of each recipe blog post drives me absolutely bonkers because it takes forever to actually scroll to the bottom to find the recipe.  Soooo, I'm putting my commentary at the end...  No need to thank me, I know on that tiny phone screen that I just saved your day!

I made the above recipe for the first time tonight and my husband loved it!  I saw this video the other day and thought "I can do that! BUT, will it really taste that good?!"  I purposefully made too much meat because I wanted leftovers for another meal (and I didn't want to use too many tomatoes if my experiment was a dud).  It allowed me to make the tomato sauce extra meaty for my husband who prefers meat over tomatoes!  I didn't get a picture to make your mouth water, but I know I'll make it again and I'll just have to update this post.

Happy cooking!

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