Turkey bolognese pasta bake

Turkey bolognese pasta bake

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(68 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

    ol-iv oyl

    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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12th Feb, 2020
So delicious! Used the Sainsbury's chipotle chilli paste which I now use in almost everything! Never seem to be able to find large pasta shells, but small work fine
tillyfloss80's picture
13th Oct, 2019
Tasty, easy recipe. Didn’t add the onions (kids, not worth the hassle sometimes!) but added extra chipotle......nice change from beef
27th Aug, 2019
I've followed this tonight and made some tweaks and additions along the way. Had no chipotle, added mushrooms in and some Worcestershire sauce and dried parsley. Instead of mixing the sauce with the pasta and layering on top of the meat sauce, I mixed the pasta with the meat sauce and poured the cheese sauce over the top. Was worried about the pasta drying out otherwise and this has worked out lovely. My young boys are tucking in as I type :)
11th Mar, 2019
Best pasta bake ever. So easy to do. I used a whole packet of large shells, with a bit of cooking water to spread out. Kids love it too.
cheese muffin
25th Nov, 2018
this recipe was so amazing and my whole family loved it. It was quite a cheap meal that was warming and very easy to do.it was so amazing
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


traceyswindle's picture
13th Nov, 2018
So 647 calories for meat sauce ????? Is this correct ?
goodfoodteam's picture
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
goodfoodteam's picture
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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