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turkey bolognese with pappardelle pasta

30 Minute Turkey Bolognese

Lightened-up Turkey Bolognese, a delicious meaty sauce that's easy and ready in 30 minutes or less. It's made with minimal ingredients and a perfect way to amp of jarred pasta sauce.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword healthy bolognese, pantry recipe, ragu, turkey ragu
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 435 kcal
Author CookingwithBliss


  • 2 lb ground turkey
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil plus a drizzle as a finishing touch
  • 2 cloves garlic minced (and/or onion, celery, carrots)
  • 52 oz pasta sauce favorite jarred sauce; 1 (28 oz jar) & 1/2 (24 oz jar) OR 2 (24 oz jars)
  • 1/4 cup red wine one of your favorites
  • 3 tsp kosher salt to taste
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning to taste
  • 1-1/2 lbs pappardelle or other pasta noodles
  • 4 tbsp milk or coconut milk using coconut milk does not make bologneses taste like coconut


  1. Follow instructions for cooking pasta just until al dente. Reserve about a cup of pasta water. Drain the pasta and set aside.

  2. Place a skillet over medium high heat. Add extra virgin olive oil heat then add minced garlic and saute until fragrant. Pour in jarred marinara or pasta sauce and begin to let it simmer. Add red wine and contiune to simmer for a few minutes until alcohol burns off. Add kosher salt, onion powder and Italian seasoning to taste while adjusting to suite your taste. Continue to simmer under low heat for approximately 25 to 30 minutes. Add milk or coconut milk. Gently stir until milk is combined. Turn off heat.

  3. Add pasta noodles and gently combine. Be careful of the sauce to pasta ratio so you will not end up with dry pasta. Add cheese and garnish with parsley (optional).

  4. Plate and enjoy

Recipe Notes

** The nutritional values serve as a guide only as values may vary


  • Always cook your pasta noodles just until al dente


  • Be mindful of the sauce to pasta ratio (pasta absorbs the sauce and you do not want to be left with a dried pasta dish)


  • If you plan on freezing a batch of turkey bolognese, do not add in pasta noodles


Jazz up your jarred marinara or pasta sauce by following these tip:


  • Add fresh minced garlic and/or onion celery, carrots


  • Add a splash of your favorite red wine (it doesn't have to be expensive but definitely needs to be descent)


  • Always season with kosher salt at a minimum (onion powder and Italian seasoning are great for enhancing the flavor


  • For a bit of creaminess and to balance the rich sauce, add a few splashes of milk, heavy cream or coconut milk (I tend to use coconut milk)


  • To be afraid to add cheese such as parm or if you want to be a little fancy burrata is excellent too
Nutrition Facts
30 Minute Turkey Bolognese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 435 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 116mg39%
Sodium 2541mg110%
Potassium 1394mg40%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 45g90%
Vitamin A 1153IU23%
Vitamin C 18mg22%
Calcium 77mg8%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.