Ground Turkey “Bolognese”

We were visiting Seattle this past week or so thus no recent updates. We arrived home late last night and grabbed pizza on the way home from the airport. Today was a final day off before the return to work and I wanted to make something simple. Today simple means adding somethings to a supermarket standby to make it more interesting.

Ground Turkey “Bolognese”
Servings: 6-8
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, medium dice (about 1 1/2 cup total)
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 pkg (19 oz in my case) of ground turkey
  • 1 24 oz. jar of tomato sauce (I used Newman’s Own Tomato and Basil)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt and cracked black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh herbs, minced


  1. Heat a sauce pan over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. When hot add the onions and stir to coat. Cook until they begin to soften and become translucent, which was about 5 minutes for me. Add the garlic, stir and cook until fragrant, about a minute for me. Remove to a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Add the remaining olive oil to the pan and then add the ground turkey. Break it up into smallish piece and fully cook. This took about 10 minutes.
  3. Return the onions to the pan. Add the tomato sauce, the cherry tomatoes and the red wine. Add a few grinds of black pepper (or 1/4 teaspoon) and a big pinch of kosher salt. Stir to combine. Adjust the heat to low and allow to heat to a simmer.
  4. Cook for 20 minutes or so. Keep an eye on the pot as it has a tendency want to splash hot tomato sauce every which way. Lower the heat if necessary, you don’t need a full on boil here.
  5. Add the fresh herbs and stir to incorporate. Taste and adjust salt & pepper as necessary. Enjoy.

We enjoyed this over penne rigatoni last night with grated Parmesan cheese. I’m thinking it would make a tasty sloppy joe as well.

We used a combination of parsley, thyme and Thai basil for the fresh herbs.


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