Turkey Bolognese pasta bake

Turkey Bolognese pasta bake

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(29 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr, 10 mins


Serves 4 - 6

No need to choose between tangy tomato or creamy cheese sauce - this easy bake, with turkey mince and mascarpone, has the best of both

Nutrition and extra info

  • meat sauce only

Nutrition: per serving (6)

  • kcal647
  • fat33g
  • saturates20g
  • carbs44g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre2g
  • protein41g
  • salt1.1g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 onions, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 500g turkey mince (thigh is best)
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp chipotle paste
  • 300ml chicken stock
  • 400g large pasta shells
  • 250g tub mascarpone
  • 200g cheddar, grated



    Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…

  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pan. Add the onions and cook for 8-10 mins until softened. Add the mince and brown all over. Once browned, add the garlic, tomatoes, chipotle paste and chicken stock, and bring to the boil. Turn down to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for 35-40 mins, adding a splash of water if it looks too dry.

  2. While the turkey cooks, boil the pasta following pack instructions, then drain, reserving some of the water. Warm through the mascarpone with a splash of the hot pasta water over a low heat. Add 140g cheddar, season and stir to combine.

  3. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Transfer the turkey sauce to a large baking dish. Stir the cheese sauce through the pasta and pour over the mince. Sprinkle the remaining cheddar and the Parmesan on top. Bake in the oven for 20 mins or until golden and crisping at the edges.

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18th Aug, 2018
Loved this and really easy to make, enjoyed by everyone.
Shannen Smith
13th Nov, 2017
One put in one large onion and one tin of tomatoes and it was perfect very filling meal! Full of flavour not bland in the slightest. Would definitely make again!
1st Jun, 2017
This is a firm family favourite. All my kids love it and my daughter asks for it when she wants a special meal. So easy to make and not in the slightest bland as another reviewer suggests.
3rd Apr, 2017
Bland is not the word. Follow the recipe and it won't disappoint. Key ingredient is the chipotle paste- gives it a nice spicy kick!
5th Mar, 2017
Bland wouldn't bother again. All 3 of my children left it
25th Feb, 2017
I had to change the recipe to beef mince as I'd forgotten to take the turkey out of the freezer. Also didn't put in the chipotle as not to our taste. The meat element was really tasty but I'm not at all sure about the topping, the pasta was hard and a bit rubbery, the sauce dripped down into the meat and looked a bit curdled. Tastes ok though. I would make the bolognaise part again but serve with separate pasta and sprinkle with grated cheese.
30th Jan, 2017
Delicious! Went down a storm with the family and my 3 kids all wanted the leftovers in their lunch boxes the next day. The only down side was that it took longer than I expected ( I hadn't read the recipe properly ) . Used creme fraiche as didn't have any mascarpone. Will try to make it even healthier next time with low fat creme fraiche.
6th Oct, 2016
Great recipe. We make this regularly now. Nice change to have the turkey mince to beef (and leaner too, if that is something that is important). Have used chilli flakes previously when didn't have chipotle paste, and again this is fine. We tend to make the full amount of turkey mince and then freeze half for another meal, making only half the cheese pasta topping. Half the recipe easily serves 2-3 (depending on how hungry you are). Personally I find it it tastes nicer fresh than when leftover.
12th Sep, 2016
I didn't have any mascarpone, so used fat reduced crème fraiche instead - turned out fine. the family liked it, so I'll add this recipe to my weekday meal choices.
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27th Jun, 2016
Absolutely gorgeous, family really enjoyed it apart from my youngest wasn't keen on the Turkey mince so going to try beef mince instead next time


13th Nov, 2018
So 647 calories for meat sauce ????? Is this correct ?
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14th Nov, 2018
This is 647 calories per serving. The 'meat sauce only' refers to freezing instructions.
21st Oct, 2017
Can you make this ahead and if yes, how? Thanks
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27th Oct, 2017
Thanks for your question. You could allow this to cool before it goes in the oven in the final step and pop it in the fridge overnight. You'll need to cook it for 5- 10 mins more if fridge-cold.
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