Turkey Mince Bolognese, a healthy, protein-packed meal that gives comfort food a new meaning. A nutritious dinner for the whole family to enjoy, this dish is quick and easy to make.
Say no to junk food and ready meals and enjoy this delicious turkey mince bolognese recipe that even the fussiest of eaters would love. It is safe to say that one portion will not do, you better get your big pan out and roll up the sleeves, a nice dinner is just minutes away.
Turkey mince is so easy to cook, and goes very well with any kind of pasta, rice, couscous, quinoa and so on. I've recently made Turkey, spinach and ricotta lasagna using minced turkey and it was so tasty, l could not have enough of it.
And the number of dishes that can be cooked is countless. Don't you just love it when you can come up with a delicious meal that everybody likes? What l like about homemade cooking is that you are the masterchef, you decide what goes in and everything can be adjusted to your own taste.
You can make your own healthy food without having to spend a fortune on ready meals that promise you to change your life forever. Most of them have hidden ingredients that are anything but healthy, being high in salt, sugar or saturated fat. Not good!!!
Ingredients used to make turkey mince bolognese
- spaghetti - I used half of a 500 g packet
- turkey mince - I prefer thigh mince rather than breast turkey mince, as it's got more flavour
- carrot - I used only one, but depending on the size, you can go for more or half a carrot
- chicken stock - or just water
- chopped tomatoes - or plum tomatoes in sauce
- tomato puree - I used the double concentrate one
- salt & ground black pepper
- sunflower oil - or any other oil
- parsley - to garnish
- Italian herbs
Step-by-step photos and instructions
To make this clean-eating turkey bolognese you need some good-quality turkey mince, some veggies of your choice, and some nice tomato purée and chopped tomatoes. Be generous with the onion and garlic, they bring so much flavour. Plus herbs like Italian or mixed herbs, they make sure a difference.
- Peel and chop the onion, garlic, and carrot
- Add the oil to a pan, and fry the onion until golden
- Add the turkey mince, add use a wooden spoon to break the mince so that this does not form lumps.
- Stir until the liquid has been released, then add the carrots and garlic
- Pour in the chicken stock and leave to cook with a lid on until the stock has been absorbed.
- Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato paste and herbs and leave to cook further until the liquid is nearly absorbed, then season well.
What to serve with turkey bolognese sauce
And that's it, one sauce that goes well with so many side dishes like pasta of any sort, rice, bulgur wheat, quinoa, potatoes, gnocchi and so on. It is also a great filling for a lasagna, cannelloni, or pasta bake.
Can you freeze the sauce?
Yes, absolutely! I always cook a bigger batch and then divide the remaining sauce into smaller tupperware to make sure I have the right amount of sauce I need to defrost.
To defrost, just pop the sauce in the microwave until bubbling hot. It saves so much time, and when I don't have to cook, I can always rely on a good bolognese sauce to make a healthy dinner for my family. My little ones love this sauce, especially with pasta and rice.
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Turkey Mince Bolognese
- 250 g spaghetti (½ lb)
- 500 g lean turkey mince (1 lb)
- 1 carrot
- 450 ml chicken stock
- 1 tin chopped tomatoes (400 g)
- 1 tablespoon tomato puree
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoon sunflower oil
- 2 cloves of garlic
- parsley to garnish
- 1 teaspoon Italian herbs
- Cook the spaghetti according to the packet instructions.
- Peel and chop the onion, carrot and garlic.
- Heat up the oil in a large pan, add the chopped onion and fry until golden.
- Add the minced turkey and stir well with a wooden spoon, breaking any lumps that may form.
- Continue to stir until the mince is brown all over, that should take about 10-15 minutes..
- Add the chicken stock and leave to cook on a medium to high heat until all the liquid has been absorbed, it may take up to 15 minutes..
- Add the tinned tomatoes and tomato puree and leave to cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Season with salt and pepper, add the Italian herbs, then remove from the heat and garnish with freshly-chopped parsley.
- If you'd like to see the measurements in CUPS and OUNCES, please click on the US CUSTOMARY link.
- The amount of ingredients can be adjusted according to the number of servings you need, please click on the number of servings to change it.
So do I eat the garlic and carrots on the side or what?
They are added after the mince has browned, I have edited the recipe card with full instructions.
Do you reduce the heat once the tomatoes go in & leave it on a simmer ?
There is no need to reduce the heat, it can stay as it is.