My Kitchen My Way – Turkey Bolognese

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You cringe when you fall upon a recipe that requires a pot, tool or machine you don’t have.

I had dropped many hints for my husband to buy me a food processor and one Christmas my kitchen dreams became reality. The ironic thing is since he’s bought it for me I’ve only used it a handful of times.

One dish I’ve never made before, funny enough growing up with an Italian father in the kitchen is pasta Bolognese. Now I’m not sure what they did in the past when food processors didn’t exist but as long as I can recall my dad always minced his veggies in some type of machine.

Here was my opportunity to bring out my food processor!

The batch I made uses ground turkey instead of beef and we hold the onions here.

This sauce is flavorful, textural and quintessential Italian.

Turkey Bolognese – Make allot – Eat some and freeze some for a rainy day!

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*Special Equipment*

Food Processor

*Ingredients*

Ground Turkey Meat

1 Can Crushed Tomatoes

1 Can Tomato Paste

(3) Raw Carrots Stems – Chopped

(2) Raw Celery Stems – Chopped

(3) Garlic Cloves – Peeled

A Handful Leaves of Basil – Chopped

2 Dried Bay Leaves

Dried Oregano – Sprinkle

Hot Pepper Flakes – Sprinkle

1 Cup Red Wine

1pd Dry Pasta

Grated Parmesan Cheese

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

In the food processor – finely mince the carrots, celery and garlic. You can also add in a shallot or any type of onion, but again we prefer no onions.

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Once processed set the mixture aside.

Heat one tablespoon of EVOO in a large sauce pan, brown the turkey meat.

Once  the meat is almost cooked add the processed vegetables to the pan and add the bay leaves, continue to cook through while mixing.

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Next add the can of crushed tomatoes, the tomato paste, the cup of wine, the oregano and hot pepper flakes combine all.

Drizzle one tablespoon of EVOO, throw in the basil and stir.

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Cover the pan and simmer the sauce on medium to low heat and let cook for about half a hour.

Once half and hour or so passes – start to boil the water for the pasta.

You can keep the sauce on very low or turn off and cover to keep warm.

Boil your favorite type of dry pasta– once cooked drain the pasta.

Add the cooked pasta to the sauce pan.

Plate the dish, top with grated parmesan and enjoy!

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Creamy Pea Soup

My mom would gladly confirm I have NEVER been a fan of peas, so isn’t it swell that the love of my life happens to be a fan of such vegetable. A recipe we saw on TV caught his eye and he’s been asking me to try it out but I decided to add two things which would make the soup much better for my taste buds, lots of basil and of course heavy cream.

This also gave me the opportunity to use my new food processor which he so kindly gifted me on Christmas. You should have seen how my eyes lit up when I opened it!

On a cold night go ahead and pair this soup with a mozzarella and tomato Panini or throw in some grilled jumbo shrimp with garlic croutons and you have a terrific one bowl meal.

(Ingredients)

Seasonings: Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Olive Oil

1 Cup Heavy Cream

2 Cups of Low Sodium Chicken Broth

2 Handfuls of Basil Leaves

1 Pack of Frozen Peas

5 Pearl Onions – Peeled and Cut in Half

2 Cloves Garlic – Chopped

1 Medium Mozzarella Ball – Cut Up in Pieces

(Directions)

– In a sauce pan brown the garlic and pearl onions in a tablespoon of olive oil.

– Then add in 1 cup of the chicken broth and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.

– Next throw in the frozen peas and let simmer covered on low.

– When peas are cooked through throw in a couple of basil leaves, drizzle olive oil then mix.

– Keep simmering until the basil is wilted then remove pan from flame.

*Must let mix cool down for five minutes before transferring to the food processor.

– Process on low till contents are chopped.

* You may need to stop the processor & push food down the sides to make sure all pieces get chopped.

– As you are chopping on low add the 1 cup of heavy cream through the small feeding tube.

* The mix should begin to turn a light green color.

– You can stop the chopping & open up the bowl to add in the last cup of chicken broth along with the mozzarella.

* Keep a couple of slices off to the side for garnish when completed.

– Again chop on low speed till the mozzarella is chopped and combined.

– Next open up again and add the last of the basil leaves.

* Keep a couple of small leaves off to the side for garnish when completed.

– Once more chop on low then transfer the contents to a pot.

– Heat stove on medium heat and be sure to spin the soup often if not the mozzarella in the soup will burn at the bottom or to the sides of the pot.

– You can season soup with salt, pepper and garlic powder then mix.

– Once soup is heated place in bowl and garnish with mozzarella and basil leaf.

Enjoy!

*As mentioned before you can always add in a protein to the soup to make a meal in one bowl or pair the soup with your favorite Panini.

~A.M.A.~

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I Dream of Cookware!

While most women’s eyes may not light up from a gift of cookware – my craving for beautiful kitchen items might be just as bad as my addiction for designer bags. YES you’re in the company of a lady who would not be offended to receive a food processor or silicone spatula. By way of inspiration from wish lists posted by fellow bloggers I’ve compiled my personal list, 20 items long and all are total must haves in my book. So come dream along with me and check out my colorful, affordable and indulgent picks!

 

 

1- Le Creuset – Braiser in Fennel

http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-722207/Le-Creuset-Fennel-Braisers-

2- Le Creuset – Signature Round Dutch Oven

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/le-creuset-signature-5-quart-round-dutch-oven-rosemary/?pkey=cdutch-ovens-casseroles

3- Le Creuset – Stoneware – 12 Piece Bakeware Set

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/le-creuset-stoneware-12-piece-bakeware-set_0/?pkey=cle-creuset-bakeware

4- Kitchen Aid – Stand Mixer in Boysenberry

 http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/kitchenaid-ksm150ps-stand-mixer-5-qt.-artisan?ID=77589&CategoryID=29423#fn=sp%3D1%26spc%3D33%26ruleId%3D54%26slotId%3D5

5- KitchenAid 13 Cup Food Processor

http://www.chefscatalog.com/product/27058-kitchenaid-13-cup-food-processor-with-external-adjustable-slicing-blade-kpf1333.aspx

6- Cucina Recipe Holder

http://www.potterybarn.com/products/cucina-kitchen-accessories-recipe-holder/?pkey=ckitchen-laundry-storage

7- Wusthof Gourmet 12 Piece Block Knife Set

 

http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-693341/Wusthof-Gourmet-Block-Set

8- Mauviel Professional Copper 10 – Piece Cookware Set

 

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/mauviel-pro-10-piece-cookware-set/?pkey=ccookware-mauviel

9- All Clad 3-Piece Stainless – Steel Strainer Set

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/all-clad-stainless-steel-strainer-set/?pkey=ctop-rated-gifts&cm_src=hppromo

10- Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls with Lids

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/stainless-steel-mixing-bowls-with-lids/?pkey=ccooks-mixing-bowls

11- All-Clad Ultimate Chicken Roaster

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/all-clad-ultimate-stainless-steel-chicken-roaster/?pkey=ccookware-all-clad

12- Flo Oil & Vinegar Containers

http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/flo-oil-and-vinegar-containers

13- Microplane Ultimate Citrus Tool

http://www.crateandbarrel.com/kitchen-and-food/measure-mix-bake/microplane-ultimate-citrus-tool/s628771

14- Chef’s Mats by Gel Pro – Basket Weave Design

http://www.chefscatalog.com/product/24662-gel-pro-kitchen-mat.aspx

15- Milk Bottle Measuring Cups

http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/productdetail.jsp?navAction=jump&id=20101796&parentid=SEARCH_RESULTS&color=095

16- Book – Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary Edition

 

http://www.amazon.com/Joy-Cooking-75th-Anniversary-2006/dp/0743246268/ref=zg_bs_6_21

17- Book – What Chefs Feed Their Kids

http://www.amazon.com/What-Chefs-Feed-Their-Kids/dp/0762760958/ref=sr_1_33?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322764330&sr=1-33#_

 18- A Year of Cookie Cutters

http://www.crateandbarrel.com/kitchen-and-food/measure-mix-bake/a-year-of-cookie-cutters/s336564

19- Spice Herb Ball

http://www.crateandbarrel.com/kitchen-and-food/cooking-utensils/spice-herb-ball/s350265

20- 15 Jar Tiered Spice Rack

http://www.crateandbarrel.com/kitchen-and-food/food-containers-storage/15-jar-tiered-spice-rack/f13641

~A.M.A.~

© Cookery for Two – 2011 . Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Cookery for Two with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.