This tasty recipe for Eastern Mediterranean Bolognese brings a classic meat sauce of Italy together with the exotic spices and authentic flavors of Turkey’s traditional manti dumplings. Spooned over tender cavatelli pasta, Eastern Mediterranean Bolognese is topped with a cool yogurt sauce, cucumbers, tomatoes and fresh mint. It will pair nicely with medium-bodied, dry red wine. This is one for those with a Sensitive Vinotype.
- 2 packages 12 ounces each cavatelli pasta
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 pound meat loaf mix (ground beef, pork and veal)
- 1/3 cup finely chopped white onion
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon McCormick Gourmet™ Organic Paprika
- 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Gourmet™ Organic Mint
- 3/4 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet™ Organic Red Pepper Crushed
- 1 1/2 cups Kitchen Basics® Original Chicken Stock
- 1 cup chopped cucumber
- 1 cup chopped tomato
- 1/3 cup torn mint leaves
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 small clove garlic minced
Cook pasta as directed on package. Drain well.
Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet on medium heat. Add meat loaf mix, onion, tomato paste, paprika, dried mint and red pepper; cook and stir 7 to 8 minutes or until meat is browned. Add stock; simmer 10 minutes or until sauce has thickened slightly, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; set aside.
Mix cucumbers, tomatoes and fresh mint in medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste; set aside. Mix yogurt, water and garlic with whisk until well blended. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve bolognese over cavatelli. Top with yogurt sauce and cucumber tomato mixture.
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