I’m back from vacation and it royally sucks. It’s the worst feeling when you’re flying back Sunday and you realize “oh hey, I have to go to WORK tomorrow.” After being off for 3 days just sitting on a beach, waking up and doing nothing…going back into a routine is hardcore suckage. It’s like life sucker-punched you and said “this is reality!” and unfortunately, it is reality. Oh, can I just quit my job and blog full time? I swear I say it every week. I have a feeling I’m going to end up doing that in the future. Like go on maternity leave and never come back to work. If someone from work is reading this, pretend you didn’t just read that.
After eating pretty poorly the past week, and by poorly I mean amazing, over the top, decadent food, I just want a simple dish that doesn’t have all the bells and whistles to it. You know, the traditional, down-home comfort dish. That’s what this pasta bolognese dish screams at me. It’s like “eattttt meeeee for Italian comforttttt” and after that, I just want to pass out on the couch from carb overload.
I’ve always loved meat sauce with the ratio of 90/10. The more meat, the better. I love chunky meat sauces that give you a whole mouthful of meat with a little dribble of sauce in between. It’s just so much flavor and so hearty. You don’t feel jipped when it’s more meat than sauce. At least, that’s how I feel about meat sauces. I know some people like more sauce than meat, some people like the perfect 50/50. What’s great about this particular dish is, it uses leftover turkey meatballs that I made extra of and threw in the freezer, and you can make it as meaty or as little as you want. Just don’t put as many meatballs into the pan. I, used all of the ones I had in the bag, haha
I don’t think I’ve tasted anything as delicious as homemade bolognese sauce. Everything in this dish was homemade except the noodles (yes, I’m waiting for my wedding to receive the pasta attachment). The meatballs, the marinara sauce. You just can’t beat homemade version. The flavors were so tailored and so fitting. It was just a spectacular dish, if I do say so myself ;) this is something you can make ahead and freeze the sauce for and use it on weeknights that you’re just too busy or tired to cook. Definitely tailor it the way you want, you don’t have to go with my meatball recipe that I linked to above, you can use your favorite one :)
Homemade Pasta Bolognese
Yield: 4 servings | Cook Time: 15 minutes
16-18 turkey meatballs
2 tbsp. olive oil
2-3 cups marinara sauce (I used a homemade one, you can use store bought or homemade)
1 lb. spaghetti pasta
- Bring a large pot of water to boil, season with salt, and cook your pasta according to the instructions on the box.
- In a large skillet, add in the olive oil and meatballs. Break the meatballs down until they’re all broken apart and essentially resembles ground meat. Cook the meat all the way through then add in 2 cups of marinara sauce. Let mixture simmer and thicken for 10 minutes. If you like your meat sauce thinner, you may add more marinara sauce.
- When pasta is done cooking, drain and place into individual serving bowls. Spoon meat sauce over top and serve hot with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.
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