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Turkey Bolognese

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This hearty and delicious bolognese sauce recipe is the classic you love, but made with ground turkey and turkey sausage. Dig in!


1 small diced sweet onion
3 small diced stalks of celery
3 peeled and small diced carrots
4 finely minced cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon of olive oil
8 ounces of ground turkey breast
8 ounces of ground turkey thigh
4 ounces of loose turkey Italian sausage
28 ounce can of whole plum tomatoes and juice
28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
28 ounce can of diced tomatoes and juice
3 tablespoons of dry oregano
3 tablespoons of dry basil
1 bay leaf
8 ounce can of tomato paste
chicken stock as needed
1 pound of penne pasta
Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste


In a large pot with olive oil on high heat add in the onions to caramelize.  Once brown add in the garlic, celery and carrots and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.

Next add in the turkey meat and brown.  

When to turkey meat is cooked add in the tomatoes and herbs and simmer on low heat for 30 minutes.

At this point check the consistency, as chicken stock may need to be added to thin out the sauce. If the sauce is too thin, thicken with the tomato paste.

Once the sauce is to the desired consistency, add in the salt and pepper and cook on low heat.

In a separate large pot of boiling salted water add in the penne noodles and cook until they are al dente (about 10 to 12 minutes).  

Once the noodles are done, strain them and toss with sauce and serve.

Makes 1 ½ gallons of sauce

Download recipe pdf | Recipe created by Chef Billy Parisi

Turkey Bolognese

Turkey Bolognese

Chef Billy Parisi

By Chef Billy Parisi

Chef Billy Parisi is a culinary school grad who spent 15 years in the restaurant industry as a line cook, sous chef and executive chef. Now he develops, photographs and films simple and delicious recipes that will make everyone feel like a chef in their own kitchen.

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