Bob’s Farm to Table: I love Bolognese sauce. Our version of this classic Italian meat sauce swaps healthful ground turkey in place of beef and produces unexpectedly bold flavors and a tender, silky texture. Starting the sauce with chopped carrots adds sweetness and earthiness to complement the tomatoes and the meat. This sauce is sure to become a family favorite! Serve over spaghetti, ziti, or penne pasta (each about 100 calories per ½ cup cooked).

Ground Turkey Bolognese
 
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Recipe type: Everyday Meals
Makes: 6 Dinner portions
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound (93%) lean ground turkey
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • ½ cup finely chopped carrot
  • ¼ cup finely diced celery
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 3 ounces (½ can) tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
Directions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a stockpot over medium-high heat.
  2. Brown the ground turkey until fully cooked. Add the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes, just until carrot begins to soften.
  3. Add the crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, tomato paste, basil, sugar, balsamic vinegar, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper to the pot, and stir to combine.
  4. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low, cover, and let simmer for 45 minutes.
  5. Remove the cover, and simmer for an additional 10 minutes (to allow the sauce to slightly thicken) before serving.
Perfect Portion Ground Turkey Bolognese

HELPFUL TIP: Italian-seasoned ground turkey works great in this sauce, adding the fennel flavor you get in Italian sausage.
Serving size: ½ cup Calories: 100