Wednesday, I felt like being lazy about dinner. It doesn’t happen a lot.
Usually, when I’m lazy about dinner, it’s because I’m secretly hoping that my father or brother will volunteer to order in. Typically, when they volunteer to order in, we order from my favorite Italian Restaurant/Pizzeria.
Italian food is another love of mine. I like to attribute my ability to cook to my paternal genes. (I usually advertise that I’m Irish-German because I look the part, but shhhh, there’s some Sicilian blood in my veins.) I love to make sauces and fancy, cheese-laden pasta dishes from scratch. I’ve been making manicotti from scratch since I was 13.
But tonight (sorry grandma) I used jarred sauce.
I also used ground turkey. Sacrelige, by Italian standards. I can’t stomach beef. I like it, it doesn’t like me.
My faux-Italian dinner was delicious. And delightfully lazy….
…..so lazy, in fact, that I forgot to take a picture of the completed dish. Perhaps those sexy little cupcakes photo-bombing will make up for it.
(Turkey) Meat Sauce
- 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 99% lean ground turkey (1 package, or 1 1/3 pounds)
- 1 jar Francesco Rinaldi Marinara Sauce (I used Tomato & Basil Hearty Pasta Sauce)
- 1/2 jar water
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet, adding turkey to “brown.” Break up turkey constantly with a spoon. Cooked turkey will turn white.
- When turkey is fully cooked, add Marinara Sauce, and 1/2 jar of water. Simmer 5 minutes, or until sauce is warm.
- Add ½ cup of hot sauce and simmer until slightly thickened, about 1 minute.
- Add chopped onions when browning turkey in step 1.
- Add fresh spinach when heating sauce in step 2.