Sunday, April 28, 2013

Fooditka's Take on Bolognese

Since I've been pretty eating pretty well lately, and on a veggie kick, I wanted to make something comforting but also healthy for a satisfying dinner.  Always up for pasta, as I equate this with comfort food goodness, I decided to make my own Bolognese sauce, but instead of with beef or pork, I substituted it with chicken sausage and mushrooms, which made it really hearty.  I let the whole concoction cook in a sauce of crushed tomatoes and then placed it on a bed of whole wheat spaghetti deliciousness. It was lovely and such a perfect thing to freeze and use later for pasta, pizza sauce, dipping sauce.  Whatever!

Fooditka's Healthy Bolognese (serves 2-4)

(1) 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
1 lb of chicken sausage, casings removed
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 package of baby bella mushrooms, sliced (about 2 cups)
1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese
Olive oil
Fresh basil

Salt & pepper to taste

Sautee the onions first until they get soft and then add the mushrooms.  Add salt and pepper and cook until the veggies get well done.  Add chicken sausage and cook for about 5-7 minutes, until cooked through.

Combine with crushed tomatoes and a little bit of water (approximately 1/2 cup).  Let it simmer for about 30-35 minutes until all the flavors combine.  Add cheese and fresh basil as a last step.

Place Bolognese over whole wheat spaghetti.  You can sprinkle it with fresh basil for extra flavor. Enjoy with a tall glass of red vino.

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