For those of you who do not know me, I am kind of a European mutt - all of my great-grandparents came from all over Europe. But for all of my heritage, I identify with my Italian lineage the most. From my thick, brown curly hair to my strong Roman nose, I look like I could be found at some tiny cafe in Italy drinking an espresso and eating some gelato. My cooking reflects a lot of my heritage; I grew up watching not only my mother in the kitchen, but my Italian grandfather as well. This turkey bolognese is a decadent sauce that reminds me of my childhood, but is completely Whole 30 compliant and full of traditional Italian flavors. I enjoy cooking all different types of cuisines, from Mexican to Indian, but something about a thick tomato based sauce full of Italian herbs just feels like...home.
One 28 ounce can tomato puree
One 6 ounce can tomato paste
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon each of: dried oregano, basil, parsley, black pepper, and rosemary
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon sea salt
3-4 cloves garlic, finely minced
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 small white onion, diced
1 pound ground turkey
Add all ingredients to the slow cooker except the turkey and stir together well.
While the turkey is still in its case, cut into roughly 2 inch cubes. Add the turkey cubes into the slow cooker and fold into the sauce.
Cook on low for 6 hours. Once done, use a potato masher to break up the ground turkey and chunks of carrots. Serve over zucchini noodles or cauliflower rice and enjoy!