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Healthy Turkey Bolognese Recipe

Gina Dickson
This classic Italian turkey bolognese recipe makes a hearty and healthy sauce to serve up with your favorite pasta. Tomatoes are slow cooked with onions, garlic, celery, carrots and lots of fresh herbs for a pasta dinner eveyone will love!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6
Calories 333 kcal


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and finely chopped
  • 14 cup carrot finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup celery stalk finely chopped
  • 1 pound ground turkey 93% meat 7% fat
  • 28 ounces stewed tomatoes blended in a mixer so there are not any large chunks
  • 1/4 cup parsley fresh, chopped
  • 1/4 cup basil fresh, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon thyme fresh, stems removed
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary fresh, chopped fine
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper freshly ground

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  • In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Sautee until onion is soft, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the celery and carrot. Sautee over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Raise heat to medium-high and add the ground turkey meat. Using a 5 blade meat chopper. Cook until turkey meat is browned and no longer pink inside.
  • Drain any grease from the turkey meat with a spoon. Add a paper towel to soak up any grease left, then discard.
  • Add parsley, basil, thyme and, rosemary to the cooked meat. Saute for 1 minute.
  • Blend stewed tomatoes in a mixer unlit they are mostly smooth with small chunks.
  • Cook over medium heat until the excess liquid is evaporated. This should take about 20 to 30 minutes. Stir frequently.
  • Add salt and pepper
  • Pour bolognese over your favorite pasta and top with grated Ramano cheese or parmesan cheese.

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Be sure to remove as much of the oil as possible from the pan after cooking the meat so the sauce doesn’t end up too greasy.
Use a meat smasher or chopper to quickly and easily break up the meat in the pan.
Serve up with perfectly cooked al dente pasta for a healthy meal the whole family will enjoy!  
Don’t forget the garlic bread to soak up all the juices in the bowl!


Serving: 1gCalories: 333kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 22gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 931mgPotassium: 1519mgFiber: 10gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 50492IUVitamin C: 35mgCalcium: 168mgIron: 4mg
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