Healthy Turkey Bolognese

Healthy turkey bolognese.

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Imagine a healthier, quicker but just as equally delicious recipe for bolognese that you can make any night of the week to the delight of the whole family. Enter this Healthy Turkey Bolognese recipe, which is rich, meaty and the perfect hearty meal. We’ve also included options to make it Paleo and Whole30 friendly.



  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled
  • 1 medium celery stalk
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 11/2 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup dry red or white wine
  • ½ cup +1 tablespoons tomato paste (or ½ slightly heaping cup)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoons butter (optional)
    12 ounces gluten-free fresh fettuccine (or pasta-of choice)
  • Parmesan cheese, for garnish


  1. Place onion, carrot and celery in a food processor and process until very fine pieces. Alternatively you can dice them very fine.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium pot. Add onion mixture and salt cook for 5 minutes, until sweated down.
  3. Add turkey, salt, and pepper and cook, breaking up the turkey, until no pink remains, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add wine and cook until reduced, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add tomato paste, bay leaf and chicken stock and bring up to a gentle simmer.
  6. Simmer for 30-35 minutes, until the liquid has reduced and the sauce is slightly thickened.
  7. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package instructions.
  8. Once bolognese is finished, turn off heat and mix in (optional) butter. Taste, and adjust seasoning.
  9. Toss pasta with 1 cup of bolognese and divide into 4 bowls. Divide remaining bolognese on pasta and sprinkle with (optional) parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.


  1. For Whole30 omit wine, butter and parmesan cheese. Replace the wine with an equal amount of extra chicken stock. Serve with zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash.
  2. For Paleo omit cheese and butter and serve with zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash.


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