easy healthy turkey bolognese

Easy Healthy Turkey Bolognese

Easy Healthy Turkey Bolognese is made with fresh wholesome ingredients. The best part is that it's ready in under 30 minutes. All this goodness in one skillet.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword easy, ground turkey, healthy, marinara sauce, thick
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 719 kcal
Author CookingwithBliss


  • 1 package whole wheat pasta any shape (I used penne)
  • 3/4 to 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 tblsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tblsp salt plus more if needed later
  • 1.5 tsp Italian seasoning plus more if needed later
  • 1.5 tsp oregano plus more if needed later
  • 1.5 tsp chopped basil leaves plus more if needed later
  • 3/4 jar pasta sauce
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parmesan cheese plus more if needed (optional)


  1. Boil water and prepare pasta as suggested. Retain pasta water for later.
  2. Minced garlic, chopped parsley (optional), grate fresh
  3. Gather salt, Italian seasoning, oregano, chopped basil leaves. Set aside.
  4. Place a skillet on medium-high heat and add olive oil. When oil is hot, add ground turkey, seasoning and brown turkey meat. When turkey meat has browned, add pasta sauce, fresh garlic, red wine and simmer stirring occasionally. When sauce comes to a slight boil, reduce heat and add more seasoning as needed while sauce is simmering. Add about 1/4 cup of pasta water while sauce is simmering. Continue to let sauce simmer for about 10 minutes to make sure all the flavors are well blended.
  5. Add drained pasta noodles to sauce a little at a time (you will not need to use the entire pack of pasta). Fold in pasta noodles. Add freshly grated parmesan cheese and fresh parsley (dry parsley will work just fine).

Recipe Notes

I added a splash of milk to cut the tomato taste slightly.  I always do this even when making spaghetti.

Pasta noodles tend to absorb the liquid from the sauce.  Either make more sauce or use less noodles.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Healthy Turkey Bolognese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 719 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 113mg38%
Sodium 2312mg101%
Potassium 1268mg36%
Carbohydrates 93g31%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 67g134%
Vitamin A 650IU13%
Vitamin C 9.4mg11%
Calcium 161mg16%
Iron 7.4mg41%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.