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Turkey Bolognese

By Angie McGowan |

Today was spaghetti dinner night at my son’s preschool. My son has been so excited about it for the past few days, and has been begging me to make my homemade spaghetti at home. So on Saturday I made him this turkey bolognese. It’s my easy-peasy bolognese go-to sauce. I have made it so many times I can’t even count. Sometimes I do use beef, but more often I like to use turkey. It has a mild flavor and is lower in fat. And did you also know that October is also national pasta month?. To see 5 more of my favorite pasta recipes, click over here to see my video with GoodBite.

Turkey Bolognese Recipe


1 lb ground turkey
1 large onion, chopped
1 large green pepper, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup finely chopped carrots
1 cup chopped mushrooms, or 1 one small container
2 – 28 oz cans San Marzano Tomatoes
1 – 6 oz can tomato paste
1 cup red wine
1/4 cup fresh or 1 tablespoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
salt and pepper
olive oil

1 lb spaghetti pasta (I like whole wheat thin spaghetti), cooked according to package directions


1. Preheat a large soup pot. Drizzle with olive oil. Add ground turkey, chopped onion, chopped green pepper, chopped carrots and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cook mixture until meat is browned and vegetables are tender.

2. Add canned tomatoes, tomato pasta and red wine. Add basil (if using dried) and oregano and season with salt and pepper again to taste. Add fennel seeds. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for approximately 1 hour or until very thick.

3. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. If using fresh basil, and it to the sauce at the end of cooking. Serve.

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About Angie McGowan


Angie McGowan

Angie McGowan was a contributing blogger to Babble’s Family Kitchen, a daily food blog with recipes from her kitchen. She currently creates fun recipes for Betty Crocker, Pillsbury and many other companies. You can find more of her recipes on her personal blog, Eclectic Recipes.

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  1. Ali says:

    Wow, the spaghetti looks really delicious. Love the photo.

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