THE most comforting dish of the year is happening right here, right now. You had me a fettuccine.
I’m still in denial about the fact that we’re less than two days away from a brand new year. WHAT? HOW? 2016 is gonna be a good one, I can feel it. But if I’m being honest, 2015 was pretty awesome. Crazy, but awesome.
Speaking of crazy, what are your plans for New Years Eve??? If this were 2003 I would most likely be driving up to New York City to attend an all night NYE bash that I probably wouldn’t remember most of the next morning. These days? I’m lucky if I stay awake to watch the ball drop – east coast time.
New Years Eve also happens to be my anniversary! This year the hubs and I will celebrate 7 years! Awwwwww. 7 year itch? Yeah, I’m itching for this pasta.
So this year, we will have a nice, quiet date night in, with a mega cheese board, giant bowls of this CRAZY good Fettuccine Turkey Bolognese, my favorite Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies, and wine. Lots of wine.
Go big or go home. You guys. This sauce. It’s dreamy.
Loaded with spices and rich flavor that coats the thick fettuccine noodles. Perfect for face stuffing. My specialty.
It also happens to be super easy to make, because I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Especially on my anniversary.
So let’s end 2015 on a strong note. Get your sweats on, pop in a movie, and cozy up with a big bowl (or two) of this pasta.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter plus 1 tablespoon
- 1 onion small dice
- 1 medium carrot small dice
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 1 pound ground turkey meat
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 3/4 pound fettuccine pasta
1) Heat large pan over medium/high heat. Add the olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter and heat through. Add the onion, carrot, and a pinch of salt. Cook for 5-7 minutes until veggies begin to soften. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
2) Add the turkey meat, salt, pepper, paprika, cinnamon, and oregano, and cook until meat is no longer pink, about 6-8 minutes. Add the tomato paste and stir to combine. Add the crushed tomatoes,1 teaspoon of salt, parsley, and bay leaves, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, make the pasta.
3) Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add 2 tablespoons of salt to the boiling water and add the pasta. Cook according to the package, about 10-11 minutes.
4) In the last few minutes of cooking the sauce, remove and discard the bay leaves. Add one tablespoon of butter and stir until melted. Turn off the heat and add the parmesan cheese, stirring to combine.
5) Once the pasta is done cooking, add the noodles directly into the pan with the sauce, tossing to coat. Serve immediately with extra parmesan cheese if desired.
Happy New Year!