Spaghetti with Turkey Meat Sauce and Lima Beans. A meat sauce for spaghetti noodles does not have to be traditional or boring. Sometimes when you cook the unconventional way, your creations may be the best thing you ever ate.
Some of us dredge about eating vegetables. I grew up eating vegetables every day and because I was living with old fashion Caribbean parents, I did not have a choice but to eat what was presented at the dinner table. Remember the saying from our parents, “you eat what I feed you?” Many kids don’t have the luxury to be choosy for many reasons.
In my book it goes both ways, it can work and also cannot work all the times. I am glad that now I can choose what vegetables I want to eat and still reminisce about the old days.
What better way to enjoy meat sauces that are full of flavor? With Lima Beans of course! This is not a type of beans that many will think about adding. Lima Beans are sometimes called butter beans because of their starchy buttery texture. “Lima beans are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber, as are most other legumes.
In addition to lowering cholesterol, lima beans’ high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal, making these beans an especially good choice for individuals with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia. When combined with whole grains such as rice, lima beans provide virtually fat-free
When combined with whole grains such as rice, lima beans provide virtually fat-free high-quality protein. You may already be familiar with beans’ fiber and protein, but this is far from all lima beans have to offer.” (http://www.whfoods.com)
I always have a bag of frozen lima beans in my freezer because I never know when I will crave Black Rice or Rice with Djon Djon, another dish that is delicious with lima beans.
The meat sauce is simple. Ground spices, a combination of fresh and dried spices, marinara sauce (my most favorite tomato base sauce) and for an additional kick add your favorite hot sauce.
A modest meal made with love.
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil or grapeseed oil
- 1 pound ground lean turkey
- 1 tablespoon of rice wine vinegar citrus champagne vinegar or very light white wine vinegar; or lemon juice
- 1 onion chopped
- 4 garlic cloves minced
- 1 teaspoon ground sage
- 1 teaspoon ground thyme
- 1 carrot peeled and finely chopped
- 1 celery stalk finely chopped
- ½ cup lima beans
- 3 cups marinara sauce
- ¼ teaspoon Men Pa’w hot sauce
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1 pound spaghetti or any other type of pasta noodle
- Grated Parmesan optional
- Heat the oil in a heavy large frying pan over medium heat. Add turkey and cook while stirring and breaking down the lumps. Once the meat starts to cook, add vinegar or lemon juice and continue to cook while stirring. When the meat has turned brown, add the onion garlic, sage, and thyme and continue to cook for about 5 minutes. Add the carrot, celery, lima beans and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the marinara sauce. Decrease the heat to medium-low and simmer gently for 25 - 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend, stirring often. Season the sauce, to taste, with the hot sauce, salt and pepper.
- Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in a large pot of boiling salted water or according to the instructions on the packaging. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Add the pasta to the sauce and toss to coat, adding enough reserved cooking liquid to moisten as needed. Cook the sauce with the pasta for about 5 minutes before serving. Serve with the grated cheese if preferred.