There are those rare days I really wish my hubby liked pasta as much as I do. But he doesn't. And for the most part, I'm okay with it. I decided to try making a really meaty sauce, (since David is a carnivore) and see how it would fare at our dinner table.
The one thing I didn't want to do was make it with ground beef. I am trying to keep the meals lighter for the time being because I know the holidays are upon us, and I can't guarantee David and I won't have a few pieces of that Halloween candy ;-). I used 80/10 ground turkey, and a little pancetta, and it worked just fine.
The one thing about bolognese is you can't rush it. I let the pot simmer all afternoon, for 4 hours. So this isn't something you can't start at 4:00 in the afternoon. Make sure you put it together in the morning, to allow time for the sauce to reduce until it's really thick. You'll have to turn the heat on your burner down to the lowest possible setting-- lower than low. I tried to put mine on "low", but the bolognese started to stick to the bottom of the pot. So low and slow, okay people? If you can't get your burner low enough, transfer the pot to a crockpot and set it on low for 6-8 hours.
8 slices pancetta, finely diced (can be found at the deli counter)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup finely diced/shredded carrot
1 cup finely diced/shredded celery
1 cup finely diced/shredded onion
2 pounds 80/10 ground turkey
salt and ground black pepper to taste
2 cups whole milk
2 cups red wine (use a decent bottle!)
2 28 ounce cans whole tomatoes packed in juice
In a large Dutch oven, brown the pancetta over medium heat. You'll want to render out most of the fat, but it doesn't have to be crispy.
Pancetta is cured pork, simillar to bacon, but it's not smoked. Don't substitute regular bacon for the pancetta, we're not going for that flavor this time. You should be able to buy it at your deli counter.
Pour in all the tomatoes and the tomato juice.
This a white pasta with added fiber and calcium, but is lower in calories and slightly lower in carbs than traditional pasta. I really liked it...and the kids did too.
Back to the serious part...the eatin'! Serve the pasta with a portion of the bolognese sauce on top, and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese.