Homemade Pasta Sauce and Zucchini Noodles…Feeling like a domestic goddess

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Dear Diary,

I’ve been on a cooking crock pot frenzy: soups, stews and sauces. You pin a pot recipes, chances are… I’m making it. So being that it’s pasta night in my household. My usual routine of buying it in a jar just doesn’t fit my current cooking trajectory. I decided homemade pasta sauce is on the docket… How hard could it be?

Turns out it’s a lot easier than I expected, but it requires the one thing I don’t have a ton of during the week, time. My girlfriend, Liz passed along this recipe that comes straight from her Italian fiancé. I figured, he would know best, having grown up in Italy. He was baffled that we buy pasta sauce in a jar..! It seemed taking the lead from him would be a safe bet. Turns out my intuition was right on, this sauce is amazing! I just topped it over zucchini noodles and enjoyed my guilt free satisfying pasta!

Here’s what you need:

-4 cloves garlic minced
-1 yellow onion finely chopped
-1 lbs. ground turkey breast
-1 can of tomato sauce (this will help thicken the sauce)
-10 ripe tomatoes
-2 tbsp. fresh oregano
-2 tbsp. basil
-2 tsp. thyme
-1 tsp. of salt to start
- 2 tbsp. of olive oil

Grab the largest pot you have to make the sauce.
Pour olive oil in pan with garlic and simmer on low heat until it starts to brown.
-Add chopped yellow onion
-Sauté on medium heat until onion is golden brown and soft

- add the ground turkey, break into pieces with a spatula and cook until brown
-add diced tomatoes and salt
-stir and simmer for about 30 min uncovered while stirring occasionally.
-add herbs and stir
-taste sauce and add more salt until desired taste.
-Simmer another 40 min or until desired consistency.  The longer you cook the thicker the sauce will get. It took about 2 hours for my sauce to have the right consistency.

While the sauce is cooking, you can prepare the zucchini noodles. My friend gave me this “As Seen on TV”noodle shredder and what can I say, I’m a believer!  You simple place the zucchini in the tool and start turning… It takes a couple times to get used to but it’s legitimate. SONY DSC

I used about 2 zucchinis for my bowl of pasta. You can put sauce on the noodles and let it sit for a couple minutes to cook. Or you can place them in the microwave for 30 seconds.

You can also sprinkle brewers yeast on top for a cheesy flavor. Bon Appetite!

 

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