Turkey bolognese

Why not try a slightly healthier twist on the classic bolognese and use leaner turkey mince instead?

Turkey Bolognese


  1. Heat 2 tbsp of the olive oil in a large, heavy-based pan or flameproof casserole dish over a medium heat.
  2. Add the onion, carrot and courgette, and sauté for about 6 minutes until softened but not browned.
  3. Add the mixed herbs and garlic, and cook for 2-3 minutes more. Tip the mixture into a bowl, wipe the pan and add the remaining oil.
  4. Add the minced turkey to the pan, breaking it up with a fork or wooden spoon to make sure there are no big lumps. Cook over a medium heat for 5-7 minutes until the mince starts to brown.
  5. Add the cooked vegetable mixture and tomatoes to the mince and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low and leave the sauce to simmer for at least 1 hour, and up to 3 hours.
  6. Cook the pasta according to packet instructions. Pour the sauce over the pasta, and serve topped with Parmesan cheese.

Serves 4

What you need:

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 courgette, chopped
  • 2 tbsp dried mixed herbs
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 500g minced turkey
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Spaghetti or tagliatelle, and Parmesan cheese, to serve

From The Little Dish Family Cookbook (£14.99, Sphere).

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