Turkey and Borlotti Bean Bolognaise

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Turkey and Borlotti Bean Bolognaise

So we love a Spaghetti Bolgnaise in this house or spag bowl as I like to call it. I tend to get tired of the same meals and I love swapping food around. Nowadays a turkey is not just for Christmas in this house, we have it all year too. Recently I’ve been trying our usual meals with different ingredients. It’s been so much fun and I love this turkey recipe.

The main reason I enjoyed this meal was mainly the borlotti beans. When cooked the borlotti beans have a slightly nutty flavour and they are also chalky and creamy in texture. As I have mentioned in previous posts I have been using beans and lentils a lot in cooking. Borlotti beans are very rich in nutrients. They can provide B-vitamins and starch to your body. The essential minerals included are potassium, iron and zinc. They are high in carbohydrates which provides glucose to your body. These beans are also low in calories and fat.

Borlotti beans can help to reduce your appetite. They can also reduce the risk of heart disease. They can help to cut the risk of diabetes by regulating the blood sugar in the body and they can help to reduce the risk of certain cancers. Gradually, I’m beginning to have a little love affair with beans and lentils. Both of these little beauties help the body enormously when eaten as part of a healthy diet and they also add to a meal. Well worth a try.

Serves 4

Equipment needed

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Turkey and Borlotti Bean Bolognaise

  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping board
  • Slow cooker
    • Or large pan and spatula
  • Grater
  • Teaspoon
  • Tablespoon
  • Small Saucepan
  • Frying pan
  • Plastic brush
  • Spatula

Ingredients

  • Onion x 1
  • Garlic x 4 cloves
  • Turkey mince x 500g
  • Borlotti beans x 1 400g tin
  • Tinned Tomatoes x 2 400g tins
  • Tomato puree x 2 tbsps
  • Carrots x 1
  • Courgette x 1
  • Yellow pepper x 1
  • Herbs du provence x 1 tsp
  • Dried oregano x 1 tsp
  • Bay leaves x 2
  • Spinach x 1 200g bag
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil

Method for slow cooker

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Turkey and Borlotti Bean Bolognaise

  • Start by peeling and slicing the onion and garlic.
  • Next peel the carrot and then grate both the carrot and courgette.
  • Remove the core from the pepper and slice thinly.
  • Put all of these into the slow cooker along with the tomatoes, tomato puree, herbs du provence, oregano and the bay leaves.
  • Open the borlotti beans and drain then add these to the slow cooker.
  • Mix all of these ingredients together.
  • Put the slow cooker on low for eight hours or high for four hours.
  • Thirty minutes before the end of the cooking time put the frying pan on a medium to high heat.
  • Drizzle it with olive oil and spread the oil evenly over the base of the pan with the plastic brush.
  • Fry the turkey mince using the spatula to move it around the pan.
    • The reason I fry the meat separately is I find the meat tastes burnt if I cook it in the slow cooker.
  • Once it’s cooked, remove the pan from the heat and put the turkey mince into the slow cooker.
  • Open the bag of spinach, wash it and add it into the slow cooker.
  • Finally cook a pasta of your choice and add that to the bolgnaise sauce.
  • Serve and enjoy.

Method for the hob

  • Start by peeling and slicing the onion and garlic.
  • Next peel the carrot and then grate both the carrot and courgette.
  • Remove the core from the pepper and slice thinly.
  • Put the frying pan on a medium to high heat.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and spread it evenly across the base of the pan using the plastic brush.
  • Fry the onions for about two minutes then add in the garlic and fry until the onions are translucent.
  • Add in the turkey mince and once cooked put the grated carrot and courgette and pepper in.
  • Stir round for a further two minutes.
  • Add in the tomatoes, tomato puree, herbs du provence and oregano.
  • Next open the borlotti beans, drain and put into the sauce.
  • Again stir these ingredients together.
  • Then bring to the boil and leave to simmer for about 30 – 40 minutes.
    • The longer you leave it to simmer the tastier it becomes because the juices from the meat can come through giving it a meatier taste.
  • Ten minutes from the end add in the spinach and let it wilt down.
  • Meanwhile boil a pasta of your choice and add it to the sauce before serving.
  • Then serve and enjoy.
Turkey and Borlotti Bean Bolognaise

Turkey and Borlotti Bean Bolognaise

Turkey and Borlotti Bean Bolgnaise was very well received by my little family. As I have mentioned before my son Ted loves beans and pasta so he certainly enjoyed this meal. Plus I grate the carrot and courgette because Ted doesn’t know it’s in the sauce. Shh, mums the word! It’s such a simple recipe to follow and it’s filled with healthy foods that are great for the body. It’s even a brilliant meal to make double the amount and then freeze. However you decide to eat this dish, as always, enjoy.