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Healthy Turkey Bolognese

Turkey Bolognese

Turkey Bolognese is a healthier version of a classic Italian dish with ground turkey, tomatoes, carrots, garlic and onions simmered slow with wine and milk.

Course Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Turkey Bolognese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 285 kcal
Author Sabrina


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion , minced
  • 2 stalks celery , minced
  • 1 carrot , minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 29 ounces canned diced tomatoes , do not drain
  • 15 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese , grated


  1. Add olive oil to a large dutch oven on medium heat with the onions, celery and carrots.
  2. Cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent and celery is softened.

  3. Add the ground turkey, salt and pepper and break it apart as it cooks until it is well browned.
  4. Add in the nutmeg and white wine, stir well, and cook for 15-20 minutes until wine has mostly cooked off.

  5. Add in the milk, stir well, and cook for 15-20 minutes until the milk has mostly cooked off.

  6. Add in the diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and parmesan cheese, stirring well until well combined.
  7. Lower heat to a low simmer and cook for 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until sauce has reduced and thickened.

Nutrition Facts
Turkey Bolognese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 285 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 69mg23%
Sodium 939mg39%
Potassium 1040mg30%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 2289IU46%
Vitamin C 23mg28%
Calcium 196mg20%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.