Healthy Turkey Bolognese

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Not only is this healthy turkey bolognese easy, its also quick. You can get this on the table in the same amount of time it takes to cook the pasta. If you have a bit more time, its even better when its had extra time to simmer. But sometimes, during the week, getting something on the table fast is what its all about. I get it! One of the girls has gymnastics or dance every day of the week, so managing dinnertime can be a challenge. The faster the better, and something the whole family loves.

You can tailor this recipe however you like, and even sneak in some extra veggies! Sometimes I’ll add grated carrot which they don’t seem to detect, or a little wilted spinach (a bit more obvious).

I use store bought marinara as I never make homemade, but if you do, I bet it would be fantastic! Rather than turkey, this would also be great with a meatless ground. My girls have been liking meatless, if its in a sauce like this.

I like to add mushrooms in my sauce, but if that’s not a hit with your people, than leave it out or sub with something else. Some other hidden veggies I’ve had success with aside from shredded carrot and spinach is shredded zucchini, blended raw broccoli (pulse in blender and add to sauce) and diced bell peppers.

Healthy Turkey Bolognese
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Quick and easy turkey bolognese done in under 20 minutes.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Yield: 4 servings
  • 1 pack 454 g ground lean raw turkey
  • 2 cups onion, chopped
  • 2 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce *
  • 3 cups marinara sauce (use your favorite jarred or homemade marinara)
  • Pepper to taste
  1. In a large pot or deep skillet, on medium to medium-high heat, start the brown the turkey meat, breaking it into small pieces.
  2. To the ground meat, add in the garlic powder, oregano, basil and worcestershire sauce.
  3. Next add in the chopped onion and mushrooms and saute together until they have softened.
  4. Add in the marinara sauce, stir until combined. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes or longer.
  5. Depending on the marinara you use, if its too thick, add a bit of water. If its too runny, add a little tomato paste if you have it, or allow it to simmer uncovered so it thickens up.
* Lea & Perrins in the USA is gluten-free, but the one in Canada is not. A gluten-free alternative in Canada is Wizard's.
Serving size: ¼ of recipe (sauce only) Calories: 185 Fat: 4.8 g Saturated fat: 0.8 g Carbs: 19 g Sugar: 14 g Sodium: 631 mg Fiber: 1.4 g Protein: 28 g Cholesterol: 30 mg