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Turkey Bolognese

Turkey Bolognese
My hubby almost refused to eat this turkey bolognese...not because it used turkey mince, but because I served it with penne pasta. According to him, bolognese HAS to be served with spaghetti!

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

Turkey Bolognese


  • Substitute with pork or beef mince if you prefer.
  • Add more veggies  - courgettes would work well.
  • Make double and freeze half.


Turkey Bolognese


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Turkey Bolognese

prep time: 10 MINScook time: 1 hour and 15 MINStotal time: 1 hours and 25 mins
A rich turkey bolognese recipe using turkey mince.


  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, chopped
  • 250g Mushrooms, chopped
  • 600g Turkey Mince
  • 1 Red Chilli, chopped
  • 1 x 400g Tin Chopped Tomatoes
  • 2 TBSP Tomato Puree
  • Glass of Red WIne
  • 300ml Chicken Stock
  • Dash of Worcestershire Sauce
  • Sprig of Thyme, leave picked
  • 400g Pasta


  1. In a large pan, fry the onion, garlic and mushrooms (in a glug of oil) until cooked.
  2. Add the turkey mince and chilli and fry until browned.
  3. Add the tomatoes, tomato puree, red wine , chicken stock, worcestershire sauce and thyme. Simmer for 1 hour on a low heat.
  4. When ready to serve, cook the pasta and serve with the bolognese. Chopped parsley sprinkled on top makes a nice addition.


Turkey Bolognese

Beth Sachs
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  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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