Turkey Bolognese

Cooking for a Crowd, Recipes, Weekend Cooking
turkey bolognese
turkey bolognese

Photo: Leigh Loftus 

Today, I am going to taunt you with one of the delicious recipes that you can make in a French oven. Bolognese sauce sounds fancy – and if you make it the traditional way with pork and veal – it can be slightly more complicated and require a lengthy ingredient list.It can also be high in fat depending on what kind of meat you use in the sauce. To make this more of a “healthy meal” and less of a “gorge yourself on pasta” kind of meal, serve over whole wheat linguine and a big, fresh green salad.

What could be bad about that?

turkey bolognese

Photo: Leigh Loftus

Turkey Bolognese Sauce
Recipe type: Cooking for a Crowd, Weekend Cooking
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Serves: 6-8
  • ½ cup medium onions, finely chopped
  • ½ cup celery, finely chopped
  • ½ cup carrots, finely chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup low-sodium turkey or chicken stock (or canned broth)
  • 1¼ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  1. In a heavy-bottom saute pan, cook ground turkey over medium-high heat, stirring to break up lumps until it is no longer pink. Season with thyme leaves and cook for about 2-3 minutes longer.
  2. Cook onions, celery, carrot, and garlic in oil in a 6- to 8-quart heavy pot over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir tomato paste, milk, wine and broth to the vegetable mixture and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to medium-low heat, add turkey and let simmer until sauce is thickened, 1 to 1½ hours. Add salt and pepper to taste and remove from heat.

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  • Reply
    Marina Pappas-Paxinos
    November 19, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    This dish looks very appealing. Perfect comfort dish for the weekend.

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    November 18, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Sounds great!

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    Kim Kellogg
    November 18, 2010 at 7:44 am

    So I finally made the Turkey Bolognese and it was so delicious. My husband and I both enjoyed it very much. Thanks!

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    November 6, 2010 at 6:26 am

    A good bolognese sauce is an ultimate comfort food for me and this version lets me eat it completely guilt free! Love it.

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    Chez Us
    November 5, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Congrats Laura, you are going to LOVE it!!!!

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    November 5, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Mmm, that looks so good! I’ve never cooked ground turkey (or anything ground other than beef) so I’m going to have to try this one!

  • Reply
    November 5, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Thanks Maris. Can’t wait to break in the new pan.

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    Kim Kellogg
    November 5, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    This sounds delicious. I will try it out next week for sure!

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    November 5, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Love how you took this down calorie-wise with turkey

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    Cookin' Canuck
    November 5, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    This sounds like the perfect comfort dish. Love the cup of whole milk in here.

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    November 5, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Oooo, can we get Laura’s creamy chicken noodle recipe? That sounds like great comfort food!!

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    November 5, 2010 at 10:47 am

    This sounds fantastic! I am a huge fan of pasta dishes.

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    November 5, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Looks delicious and you are going to make me this Thanksgiving weekend! Congratulations to Laura-great prize!

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