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Bowls of turkey bolognese with spaghetti and zucchini noodles.

Simple Turkey Bolognese with Spaghetti and Zucchini Noodles

Teri & Jenny
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Italian-american
Servings 4
Calories 465 kcal


turkey bolognese

  • 2 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 large carrots, scrubbed and diced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon oregano, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 (28 ounce) can whole tomatoes
  • pinch sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 2 zucchini, cut into thin noodles (easiest using a peeler with ‘teeth’)
  • 5 ounces dry spaghetti
  • Freshly grated Parmesan for serving


  • Place a large skillet over medium heat. Once skillet is hot, add oil.
  • Add onion and garlic to skillet and saute for 4 to 5 minutes or until onions are barely translucent.
  • Add carrots and continue to saute for about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add ground turkey to skillet and brown, 3 to 4 minutes, breaking turkey up with a wooden spoon.
  • Add oregano and tomato paste and stir into skillet and cook for an additional minute.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in milk. Allow mixture to simmer together until slightly reduced, 6 to 7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add tomatoes and sugar into skillet and stir together. Break tomatoes up with a wooden spoon and continue to stir together.
  • Simmer Bolognese for 15 to 20 minutes or until thickened but still saucy. Adjust seasonings, cover and remove from heat. Set aside.
  • Fill a pot with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Add a small handful of salt, followed by pasta, and boil until al dente, 6 to 8 minutes. With 1 minute left of cooking the pasta, add the thin cut zucchini to the pasta and stir together.
  • Drain pasta and zucchini and pour into a large pasta bowl or individual plates.
  • Top pasta and zucchini combo with bolognese and finish with more grated Parmesan. Serve.


Calories: 465kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 38gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 401mgPotassium: 1483mgFiber: 8gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 6797IUVitamin C: 40mgCalcium: 166mgIron: 5mg
Keyword bolognese, turkey, turkey bolognese
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