Turkey Bolognese with Whole Wheat Pasta

This traditional Italian sauce is typically made with ground beef, pancetta and cream. I’ve lightened it up a bit by using ground turkey, cutting out the pancetta and using lowfat milk. It’s a family favorite and a far cry from “pasta and sauce” as we know it.

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, finely diced
  • 3 celery stalks, finely diced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey (see tips)
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1-6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1-14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Parmesan cheese, shredded (for serving)
  • In a large stock pot or Dutch oven, warm the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for a few minutes, or until it starts to soften. Add the carrot, celery and garlic and cook for another few minutes. Add the ground turkey meat, stirring frequently and breaking it up with the back of a spoon. Once turkey is no longer pink, add the rest of the ingredients (wine through black pepper) to the pot and allow the mixture to simmer for about 45 minutes. The sauce will become very thick and flavorful. Serve over hot cooked pasta with Parmesan cheese on the side.
  • Quick Tips
  • 1. I typically use ground turkey breast in my cooking, which has the least amount of fat. For this recipe, however, I recommend using “ground turkey” which includes dark meat and therefore a bit more fat. The sauce needs this extra bit of fat for flavor and body. The turkey breast version is too dry for this recipe.
  • 2. This sauces freezes beautifully, just in case you have any leftover.
  • 3. This sauce would also work well in lasagna.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 55 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 6

One response to “Turkey Bolognese with Whole Wheat Pasta”

  1. Camille Warmington says:

    FYI-when I print a recipe, the ad “coupon” remain on the screen and I can’t seem to shut them off.

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