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Turkey Bolognese (and a cardinal sin)

Turkey Bolognese

OK, shoot me, I used linguine instead of spaghetti, a cardinal sin according to my hubby! 

Despite this 'oversight' on my part it turned out to be a deliciously rich bolognese, not dry as I often worry with turkey. 

Although the recipe uses turkey mince, there is absolutely no reason why you couldn't substitute it with some leftover cooked turkey (chopped up in a food processor) from your Christmas lunch! Just remember to add the turkey after the mushrooms.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.


| Serves: 4  | Prep Time:  20 Minutes | Cook Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes  | Total Time: 1 Hour 50 |


  • 2 Onions, chopped
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, chopped
  • 250g Mushrooms, sliced
  • Olive Oil
  • 600g Turkey Mince - or use leftover turkey chopped up
  • 1 dried chilli
  • 2 x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 TBSP Tomato Puree
  • 325ml Red Wine
  • 500ml Chicken Stock
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • Sprig of thyme
  • Salt and Pepper


  • Step 1:  Heat a glug of oil in a large pan and cook the onions and garlic until starting to brown. Add the turkey and brown all over.
  • Step 2: Crumble in the chilli, add the mushrooms, salt and pepper.
  • Step 3: Add the tomatoes, tomato puree, wine, stock, Worcestershire sauce and thyme and simmer on hob for an hour and a half.

| Author: Beth Sachs | Date: 19th November 2010 |


  1. I always make bolognaise with turkey mince (and chilli conc arne too). It's cheaper and better for you, and it has an interesting taste :) I wouldn't call using linguine a cardinal sin either, I use pasta twists!


  2. Looks delish - and not it's no problem at all to use linguine says I!

  3. This is a tasty way to lighten up the traditional.

  4. I prefer linguine to spaghetti with bolognese myself, so I don't think it's a cardinal sin at all. And I've never heard of turkey bolognese, so I definitely want to give this one a whirl. With linguine, of course! ;)

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  6. I've never tried making ragu/bolognaise with turkey mince, but have found every recipe in the Leon cookbooks to be winners, and yours looks great, so I'll give it a go. Find a moment to listen to Anna del Conte talk about Italian food on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs: apparently tagliatelle is the best pasta to pair with the sauce.

  7. Thanks for the info Laura - Anna Del Conte is 'the' Italian supremo so she is probably right - will try with tagliatelle

  8. No sin at all Beth. I think he should be on his knees thanking you for such a fantastic dish!!!!!

    I'm really enjoying the Leon book and plan a review soon.

  9. The funny thing is that when I read your post on 'I've Blogged' my eye just saw clotted cream and turkey bolognese - and I thought, urgh, clotted cream and turkey bolognese, now that IS a cardinal sin!
    So relieved to see the real recipe is much less, err, sinful!

  10. This sounds very tasty to me, can't wait to give it a try.
    PS - I don't think you committed a cardinal sin at all, I blame your highly educated husband cause mine wouldn't know the dofference lol


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