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Easy Turkey Bolognaise Recipe

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by Sue W (subscribe)
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Published January 21st 2023
A tasty weeknight dinner with hidden veg
Are you sick of your usual spaghetti bolognaise recipe? Does it need a shake-up? If you want to try something a bit healthier which also adds in some sneaky veg, then check out this easy turkey bolognaise recipe, below. I have recently been experimenting with healthy twists on our usual favourites and this one came out just as good as the original. I use 500g of turkey mince, but if you want to make it healthier then you can halve the turkey mince to 250g and it will still turn out delicious. It is really easy to make, making it a perfect tasty weeknight dinner.

This turkey recipe is a winner in our household. Will it be in yours?


1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 carrots, grated
1 zucchini, grated
500g turkey mince
400g jar of your favourite pasta sauce
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
Any extras you may like such as salt and pepper, cherry tomatoes, diced celery - whatever favourite flavours you have on hand!

What To Do:

Step 1: Heat olive oil in a large fry pan and add the onion, garlic, grated carrots and grated zucchini. Cook for 5 minutes until onion is almost cooked and the vegetables start to soften.

Step 2: Make room in the pan for the turkey mince and cook until browned, flipping over and breaking up the lumps with a wooden spoon. Combine with the vegetables in the pan.

Step 3: Start boiling the pasta that you will be serving it with.

Step 4: Add the pasta sauce and 1/2 cup of water and thyme and simmer on low for 10 - 15 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened to your liking. In this step, feel free to add any optional extras, such as halved cherry tomatoes and seasoning.

Step 5: Serve on top of pasta with grated cheese sprinkled over the top (optional).

By swapping out beef mince for turkey mince, this recipe is lower in saturated fats and healthier for your heart. You can also add your own favourite ingredients or herbs to it, to cater it to your tastes. The texture of the grated vegetables blend into the bolognaise, so kids don't even know they are eating hidden veg! Why don't you give it a try tonight?

* Fore more bolognaise recipes, see the articles for Grandma's Easy Spaghetti Bologniase Recipe and Top 3 Pork Mince Recipes.
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Why? A family favourite with a healthy twist
When: Make all year around
Where: Make at home
Cost: Budget friendly
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