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Turkey meat sauce (bolognese style)

This is by far one of my favorite meals of all time, especially great for those cold days when a salad just won't cut it. Also perfect for making ahead of time and dividing into containers for your weekly lunches or dinners. I could cook this meat sauce with my eyes closed. It is absolutely delicious yet simple to make and very nutrient dense. Another great thing about it is that you can make it a little different every time, by playing with the meat type, cook time, herbs, spices, tomato sauce (raw tomatoes or marinara) and wines that you're using. I make this at least once a week, and each time I vary some of these things so it comes out slightly different. Always delicious though.

Another awesome thing is that Costco started to carry Organic Ground Turkey that I've started to stock up on.

Anyway, some basic rules for this recipe:

  • longer cook time, more flavor;

  • if using a slow cooker, use tomato paste instead of tomato sauce unless you want to make turkey & tomato soup;

  • raw tomatoes (whole, chopped, crushed or pureed) will require at least 2 hrs of cook time, but really the longer the better;

  • if you want to cut cooking time, buy already made jarred or canned marinara or regular tomato sauce (no sugar added);

  • play with the wines combo, it really makes a difference. I've been recently doing half red half white and I'm loving it;

  • fresh herbs make a tremendous difference in this recipe, the more the better;

  • if for whatever reason when you taste your sauce and it's still sour (it can be that way if you use raw tomatoes), you have two options, cook it longer (sometimes a lot longer), or if that's not an option, add a 1-2 tsp of sugar;

  • tastes best the next day - make sure you make enough so you have leftovers.

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! I can't wait to have it for dinner tonight.

Turkey meat sauce (Bolognese style)

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 1-3 hrs (depending on tomatoes)

Serves: 6

Nutrition per serving: 371 calories, 17.1g fat, 12.7g carbs, 43.3 g protein, 40g protein, 6.8g sugars


  1. 2 lbs ground turkey

  2. 1-2 sweet onions, chopped

  3. 1-2 carrots, shredded

  4. 3-5 cloves of garlic

  5. Fresh or dried herbs: basil, oregano, parsley - as much as you like

  6. 1 tbs (or more) Worcestershire sauce

  7. 2/3 cups of red or white wine, or both mixed

  8. Salt and pepper to taste

  9. 28oz can/jar or marinara sauce or raw canned (chopped or pureed) tomatoes

  10. 1 tbs olive or avocado oil


  1. Heat up oil in a large pot. Add onions and carrots and sauté for about 10 minutes or until they start to get soft and fragrant. For the last minute add garlic and mix together.

  2. Add ground turkey; using a wooden spatula break it down into little pieces and incorporate well with onions, carrots and garlic. Cook until all turkey turns grey throughout the pot.

  3. Add all your spices, fresh herbs, wine, Worcestershire. Mix well. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Try not remove the cover to allow all the flavors to stay in the pot.

  4. Add marinara sauce or chopped/pureed raw tomatoes and mix well.

  5. Further reduce heat, cover and cook for about 1 hr (marinara sauce) - 2-3 hrs (canned raw tomatoes).

  6. Serve and enjoy!

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