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Turkey Bolognese

Technically I'm not even sure if this is actually Bolognese.

I mean, some would argue that a true Bolognese takes hours to make & doesent't include brandy while this whole meal from start to finish took me less than an hour & it definately included brandy!

But who cares anyway?

Certainly not me because; a-I don't care what people say & b-it was delicious!

So, I hope you enjoy Smoke Eater's Turkey Bolognese!


-1 1/2 lbs ground turkey meat (85% Lean)

-2 carrots diced into small pieces

-1 diced yellow onion

-1 pressed garlic clove

-2 tbsp thyme

-Sea Salt & Pepper

-1 tbsp smoked paprika

-1 tsp ground nutmeg

-1/2 cup of brandy

-1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes

- 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes

- 1/2 cup chicken stock

- Ricotta cheese

- Fresh basil garnish

- 3 tbsp Olive Oil


1- In a large pan over med heat, saute the onion, garlic & carrots sprinkled with S&P & the nutmeg until all are soft.

2- Add in the brandy to deglaze the pan & continue simmering until alcohol is burnt off.

NOTE: Brandy can be lighted to burn of the alcohol, however, extreme caution should be used to avoid fire & burn injuries.

If you are not experienced with this method, do not attempt it.

3- Once the alcohol is burned off, add in the crushed & diced tomatoes along with the thyme & bring to a simmer.

4- In a seperate pan, saute the turkey meat with s&p in the olive oil adding the chicken stock after 5 mins to keep the meat moist, until all of the meat is cooked through with no signs of pink in the meat.

5- Once the meat is cooked, drain the excess liquid & add to the sauce mixture while also mixing in the smoked paprika & simmer over med heat for another 10 minutes.

6- Serve over your favorite al dente pasta with a dollop of ricotta cheese & pair with a glass of Smoke Eater Pinotage!

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