RecipeTurkey Bolognese

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
  • Calories: 160
  • Protein: 16 g
  • Total Fat: 7 g
    • Unsaturated Fat: 6 g
    • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 30 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 14 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4 g
  • Total Sugar: 7 g
    • Natural Sugar: 7 g
    • Added Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 330 mg

Say hello to this “one-pot wonder.” Packed with protein, fiber, antioxidants, and tons of crave-worthy flavor, it’s perfect over pasta…on salad…on pizza…on baked potatoes…on toasted English muffins…in lettuce cups…or straight out of the pot! Trust me, there are countless ways to Bolognese. I even made a Bolognese Burrito, see below 😉

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This recipe makes about 7 cups
  • • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • • 1-pound lean ground turkey (90 to 94% lean)
  • • ½ cup celery, finely diced (1 stalk)
  • • ½ cup carrots, finely diced (1 small)
  • • 1 large onion, finely diced (2 cups)
  • • 1 cup red bell pepper, finely diced (1 medium)
  • • 1 to 1 ½ cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • • 4 to 5 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • • Salt and pepper to taste
  • • Whole grain pasta
  • • Optional garnish: Torn fresh basil leaves and Parmesan cheese

In a heavy bottom pot or Dutch oven, warm the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the turkey and cook, stirring frequently to break it up, about 6 minutes. Add the vegetables and cook for about 8 minutes, stirring frequently (mist with oil spray if the mixture becomes too dry). The vegetables will begin to soften and caramelize. Add 1 cup of broth, crushed tomatoes, and Italian seasoning. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the pan while stirring to combine all the ingredients. Bring to a gentle boil and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove lid and cook for another 10 minutes, adding additional broth if needed to reach desired consistency. You want to create a thick rich sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon over pasta and dig in!

The sauce will last up to 4 days in the fridge or you can freeze for up to 2 months in an airtight container.

Check out this video to see how easy it is to make:


Nutrition provided for 1 cup of Bolognese sauce. If enjoying over pasta, add about 100 calories per half-cup.    

Looking for a meat-free option? Try this Lentil and Mushroom Bolognese!