weeknight pasta & meat sauce

There is nothing better than homemade meat sauce from scratch. But cooking up a pot of that good stuff on a weeknight is impossible. On a typical night, David and I get home by 6PM and are ready to tear through the cupboards.  Not wanting to fill up on chips, cheese, and other random pantry finds, we started making what we call 30 minute meat sauce. Full of flavor and fast, it is a constant go to weeknight meal choice. Ingredients:

Olive oil

Rotini pasta (cooked as directed on the box, al dente)

1 24oz jar of diced tomatoes

2 jars of Arrabiata Sauce (we like Rao's)

2 onions

4 garlic gloves

1/4 white wine (or red, really anything you have open would do)

Spices: Red Pepper flakes, salt, pepper, basil

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Set a pot of water with a handful of salt on the stove and bring to boil to cook the pasta.  In a separate pot, warm 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Dice 2 onions and saute in the pot, tossing and coating them in the olive oil until translucent. Add in the garlic and saute for another 2  minutes.

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Once the onion and garlic are fragrant, add in spices. I like my meat sauce spicy so I am heavy handed on the red pepper flakes and black pepper.  Add 1/4 of wine and bring to a boil tossing the onions and garlic until 1/2 of the liquid boils off.  Add the ground Turkey and break up.  Cook the turkey through.

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Once the turkey is cooked through add the diced tomatoes and two jars of sauce. Simmer it all together until the pasta is cooked and ready to go.  Serve the 30 minute sauce over generous portions of pasta because let's be serious it is hard not to eat a big bowl of pasta when winter has dragged on this long! Enjoy.Screen Shot 2013-03-27 at 7.56.09 PM