This month’s Recipe Redux theme is all about the alcohol… in the kitchen that is. And I don’t mean drinking while you cook, although I won’t judge if that’s your thing. What we really mean here, though, is putting alcohol into your food.
Immediately I thought of adding rum to banana bread, because seriously how amazing would that be? But I also thought it would be kind of standard.
So then I thought I’d make risotto with a touch of white wine. But then I went home this past weekend and my mom made an unbelievably delicious meat sauce for pasta. With her brainstorming help I decided to try and recreate her sauce but with a little red wine added in for flavor. And this bolognese is made healthier by using ground turkey instead of ground beef. Thanks, Mom!
Of course, this recipe almost didn’t make it to the blog in time for today’s post because I clearly don’t drink enough to know when the liquor store closes. Or I don’t know how to check the hours online. Most likely both. So, I missed my chance to buy wine twice but finally snagged some today in time to shoot my pictures before the sun set. This sauce was just too good not to share. You can thank me later
This is a great sauce to make on a Sunday so you have your pasta sauce for the whole week. Or freeze whatever you don’t use in individual servings so you can pull it out and thaw whenever you want to make a hearty yet healthy dinner.
What is your favorite way to cook with alcohol?
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 white onion, peeled and chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
- 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes
- 1 lb. ground turkey
- 6 oz. can of tomato paste
- 1 cup red wine (like Cabernet Savignon)
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Add olive oil to a large pot and heat over medium heat. Once hot, add onion and garlic and cook until transluscent.
- Add diced tomatoes and ground turkey and cook until the turkey is cooked through, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in the tomato paste and red wine and cook covered over low heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes. If the liquid cooks off too much add a few tablespoons of water so the sauce doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Serve over pasta, quinoa, or vegetables.