Let’s Talk Turkey Bolognese

Ian Garlick © turkey


  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped finely
  • 500 g (1 lb 2 oz) British turkey mince
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 sticks celery, chopped finely
  • 1 x 400 g can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbs tomato purée
  • 1 tsp dried oregano or marjoram
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 350 g (12 oz) spaghetti
  • To Serve: freshly grated Parmesan.
Recipe courtesy of British Turkey.

As we’ve covered in these pages before, turkey has a range of health benefits.

It’s great if you’re watching your weight, for example. And it can even help you get a good night’s sleep!

That’s why it makes a great alternative to regular minced beef when cooking up your next bolognese.

Next time you’re looking for a new twist on an old favourite, take this recipe for a test drive.


  1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan, add the onion and cook over a gentle heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until just starting to soften.
  2. Increase the heat and add the turkey mince and cook for 1 minute, breaking up any lumps with a wooden spoon.
  3. Add the garlic, carrots, celery, chopped tomatoes, tomato purée, 200 ml (7 fl oz) water, herbs and seasoning to taste. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat, and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes.
  4. Cook the spaghetti according to instructions on the packet. Drain well then transfer to a warm serving bowl. Spoon over the bolognese sauce.
  5. Serve with plenty of freshly grated Parmesan.


Click here for more great recipes from “The People’s Friend”. And if it’s turkey that tickles you, try these Thai Burgers.

Or if you have a little more time on your hands, this Slow-Cooked Turkey With Spiced Chickpeas could be just what you’re looking for.

If you can’t get to the shops just now for your “Friend”, subscribe now by clicking here. It means your magazine will come straight to your door every week — all you have to do is put the kettle on!

You can also take out a digital subscription, meaning your issue will come straight to your computer, tablet or phone! And it’s great value for money. Click here for more details.