Picky Eater Pasta
By Chef Latrice M. and Tommy M. from CICS- Loomis Primary Academy, Chicago, IL .
This recipe is for all the kids who say "I don't like carrots or I don't like zucchini or I don't like vegetables" Our Picky Eater Pasta is a delicious way to get your "picky eaters" eating their veggies without complainsts. It is a rich, full bodied pasta sauce that can be used over again in lasagna, meatloaf, ravioli or meatball subs!
Serving size: 1/2 cup
|From Saturated Fat||1%|
|Ingredient||6 servings||50 servings|
|onions (minced)||1 cup/8 oz||8 1/3 cups|
|celery (minced)||1/2 cup/4 oz||4 1/4 cups|
|bell peppers (minced)||1/2 cup/4 oz||4 1/4 cups|
|shredded carrots||3 cups/24 oz||1 1/2 pound|
|shredded zucchini||3 cups/24 oz||1 1/2 pound|
|flat leaf spinach (chopped)||3 cups/9 oz||1 1/2 pound|
|ground turkey||1 lb/8 oz||8 1/2 pounds|
|canned crushed tomatoes||10.5 cups/79.5||5 1/4 pounds|
|whole wheat rotini pasta||3/4 cups/56g||3 pounds|
|salt||2 tsp||2 tbsp|
|pepper||2 tsp||2 tbsp|
|Italian Seasoning||2 TBSP||3 tbsp|
|garlic (minced)||1 oz/1 oz||4 oz.|
In a large stock pot add crushed tomatoes and 1 TBSP of Italian seasoning and bring to a simmer. While tomatoes are simmering mince onions, celery, bell peppers and garlic. Shred carrots and zucchini (using either the shred attachment on a food processor or large holes on a box grater) and finely chop spinach. In a large sauté pan heat 1 tbsp of canola oil over medium heat. Add onions, bell pepper, celery and carrots to pan, season with salt and pepper and remaining TBSP of Italian seasoning - cook approx. 5 minutes until softened. Then add garlic and zucchini, stir to combine and cook 1 more minute. Add vegetable mixture to simmering tomatoes and stir to combine and bring to a boil then reduce back down to a simmer. (The sauce can be pureed at this point if desired)
In the same pan used to sauté vegetables heat 1 tsp of canola oil and add ground turkey, season with salt and pepper and brown. Once turkey is brown add to the tomato sauce and simmer 5 minutes. While sauce is simmering cook pasta according to the instructions on the box. Finish the tomato sauce with 3/4 of the chopped spinach. Strain pasta once cooked and combine with tomato sauce. Serve pasta while warm and garnish with a sprinkle of remaining spinach. Enjoy!