Low-fat turkey bolognese

Low-fat turkey bolognese

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(34 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 4 - 6

Swap your usual beef mince with turkey to reduce the fat content of this classic Italian sauce and serve with wholemeal pasta

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving (4)

  • kcal267
  • fat13g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs15g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre6g
  • protein23g
  • salt1.3g
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  • 400g lean turkey mince (choose breast instead of thigh mince if you can, as it has less fat)
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped



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  • 1 large carrot, chopped



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  • 3 celery sticks, chopped



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  • 250g pack brown mushroom, finely chopped



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  • pinch of sugar



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  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomato with garlic & herbs
  • 400ml chicken stock, made from 1 low-sodium stock cube
  • cooked wholemeal pasta and fresh basil leaves (optional), to serve



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  1. Heat a large non-stick frying pan and dry-fry the turkey mince until browned. Tip onto a plate and set aside.

  2. Add the oil and gently cook the onion, carrot and celery until softened, about 10 mins (add a splash of water if it starts to stick). Add the mushrooms and cook for a few mins, then add the sugar and tomato purée, and cook for 1 min more, stirring to stop it from sticking.

  3. Add the tomatoes, turkey and stock with some seasoning. Simmer for at least 20 mins (or longer) until thickened. Serve with the pasta and fresh basil, if you have it.

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3rd Jun, 2020
Really enjoyed this. I could only get 500g of 2% fat minced turkey. Other changes added garlic together with Italian herbs seasoning and increased the mushrooms to 400g. Will certainly make again, very pleased with the end result.
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Caroline S
4th Feb, 2019
Really delicious! I used 1 tin of tomatoes and 200ml of passata and then topped up with as much of the chicken stock as I felt it required to keep it simmering happily. I cooked it for 40 mins. I also added dried herbs - 1 teaspoon each of italian herbs, basil and oregano - and 1.5 tsps of salt. Tore up fresh basil on top when serving and grated parmesan over it.
27th Feb, 2018
Loved this! I added in a couple of cloves of garlic and a red pepper and simmered it for about 90 minutes. Was so tasty my family of 3 devoured it in one sitting.
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John Raggett
22nd Jan, 2018
No garlic! Apart from that lovely dish, not sure why others are suggesting to juicy, they possibly didn't give it enough heat or long enough to reduce. I used a little less tomato's after reading these reviews but wich I didn't.
24th Apr, 2017
Having read the comments I made this with one tin of tomatoes and 200ml of stock. I only used two celery sticks, and added a dash of worcester sauce for flavour. Came out great.
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16th Feb, 2017
Smells great and definitely healthy but way way too wet! Not sure why the stock as I never use that with my beef version. I added lots of herbs and seasoning to up on the taste.
29th Jul, 2014
I don't like beef so always cook with chicken or turkey... occasionally to my husband's disgust! But this was a hit for both of us. I added 1/2 pepper too just to give it a bit more flavour and let it simmer for quite a while but it was yum yum delicious and will be staying in my binder!
10th Apr, 2014
Made a couple of changes - took out the mushrooms our son doesn't like them! - Added in 1 green pepper and 1 yellow pepper, cooked it out on top of the stove for an hour or so, result AWESOME! My family loved it, definitely a keeper! Thank you Lucy :)
17th Dec, 2013
Bit bland and rather too juicy. Nothing to write home about.
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7th Nov, 2019
Cook veggies in a little chicken stock with a tbsp of flour. Use good quality tomato sauce instead of canned tomatoes and liquid so it isn't as runny. Added a bell pepper as well for flavoring. Italian seasonings and chopped garlic (or garlic powder), as well as parmesan cheese and fresh parsley at the end for Italian zest!
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