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Homemade is so easy

There is nothing easier than this Turkey Bolognese….except of course if you wanted to just pop open a jar of marinara and add to your browned turkey. And if you’re going to use jarred sauce the only one I recommend is Rao’s. Rao’s is expensive, but it’s sooooo good. However, if you have the time and are looking for a really wonderful homemade sauce then this Turkey Bolognese is it!

Friends are THE best sources of recipes…

My friend, Caroline, made this sauce for me one time at my house. I had been cooking and cooking nonstop in The Kellie Kitchen. One day Caroline offered to make lasagna for dinner and, of course, I accepted. She whipped up this sauce in no time then let it simmer on the stove for what seemed like hours.

It was not hours, but it just sat there bubbling and bubbling into a thick rich sauce. Then she assembled the lasagna and slid the casserole into the oven. It was the best lasagna I’ve ever had. The sauce alone was such a hit that I needed to recreate it on my own. So, that’s what I did…

The first thing I did in making my Turkey Bolognese was sub stevia for the sugar. Then I subbed turkey for the beef…..Although I do like ground beef in this recipe as well. Turkey meat with a tad more fat also adds to the richness of this Turkey Bolognese sauce. When we add fat to our meals it fills us up and keeps us satisfied. By simmering this sauce down slowly over a low heat all the flavors meld together and it thickens.

Double the batch

Sometimes I double the batch of Turkey Bolognese, well because some for now and some for later. Am I right? Cooking once and having options available in the fridge for hungry kids or a quick weeknight meal makes for an easy schedule AND clean up.

Bolognese Sauce

Turkey Bolognese

Sure you can pop open a jar of really good marinara sauce in a nanosecond for a quick dinner, but the richness of this sauce makes it worth the simmer time.
Course: dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Marinara, Spaghetti Sauce, Turkey Bolognese
Servings: 6
Calories: 179kcal
Author: The Kellie Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey 80/20
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup onion yellow, finely chopped
  • ½ cup mushrooms finely chopped
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 24 oz tomato puree
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 10 drops stevia liquid, or less
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ cup basil fresh and chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in large high rimmed skillet over medium high heat. Add onions and mushrooms to soften for 1-2 minutes. Then add ground turkey to the onions and mushrooms to brown the meat. Once the turkey is fully cooked add the tomato paste, tomato puree, garlic, stevia, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder and basil to the skillet.
  • Stir all the ingredients together and taste for saltiness. Add UP TO 1 tsp of salt and ½ tsp pepper depending on your taste. Bring pan to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer for at least an hour.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 684mg | Potassium: 1090mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1135IU | Vitamin C: 21.7mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 3.7mg
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