After a day of cooking things to take on our beach trip this weekend, I opened the refrigerator to look for inspiration for dinner. A package of recently purchased ground turkey breast and lots of veggies at the "need to use quickly" stage were what I found, so I decided to try and create something similar to a childhood dish that my grandmother and aunties made frequently and the family called "More." I'm fairly certain that it never tasted quite like this in the 60s, but it made a large pot of yummy goodness, AND I was able to put some in the freezer for those nights when inspiration doesn't come so swifty!
Here's my take on it!
2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
1/2 sweet onion, chopped
1 lb. ground turkey or hamburger ( I used ground turkey breast)
1-2 chopped peppers--I used a small green one from the garden and a large red one
2 small zucchinis, chopped
1 c. or so sliced mushrooms
1 small eggplant, cubed
3 sprigs of basil, chopped (use kitchen shears to make this easier)
1 quart or large can of tomatoes
2 cups dried wide noodles
Brown the garlic, onions and meat, drain any grease. In a large stir fry pan, saute the peppers for two minutes, then add eggplant, zucchini, and mushrooms and saute for another minute or two. Add the basil and tomatoes and simmer until thickened. In the meantime, boil the noodles about 7-8 minutes. Combine the meat, veggies and noodles and serve topped with a sprinkle of your choice of cheese--I used the shredded Italian mix!
Caution! This makes a lot of pasta! It's great for leftovers or stick some in the freezer for a quick dinner. Enjoy!