Turkey Bolognese

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Turkey Bolognese Recipe Spaghetti Hint of Helen

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Turkey Bolognese is a quick, healthy dinner which I cook most weeks! It’s also super cheap – which is always welcome!

Turkey mince is great to cook with, its really lean and low in fat which means healthier, lighter dinners for the family. This is my simple recipe for Turkey Spaghetti Bolognese which i’ve adapted from my much loved recipe for classic beef bolognese.

Turkey Bolognese Recipe Spaghetti Hint of Helen

Using red wine and garlic in this recipe brings a deep flavor and really compliments the lightness of the turkey mince. Whilst it may be tempting to cut out the tsp of sugar, please don’t – sugar is added to tomato based meals for a valid reason.

Is Turkey Bolognese Healthier than Beef Bolognese?

Comparing which type of minced meat is healthier is quite a minefield. Reading up on this great debate of if turkey is healthier than beef, it really boils down to what your health goals are.

Turkey is available in much lower fat percentages, I get mine from M&S or Aldi – whereas beef has higher levels of zinc and  Iron. Due to the lower fat percentage of turkey, it is a drier cut of meat so works well with saucy recipes like this – or filled with lots of seasoning and herbs if you’re using it for a recipe such as turkey burgers.

How many Syns are in this Turkey Bolognese Recipe?

I believe low fat (less than 5%) turkey mince is free on the slimming world diet plan. If you’re following a slimming world diet, I’d recommend you switch out the oil for a low-calorie cooking spray. If you have any questions about substrates, please ask in the comments below!

How To Make Turkey Spaghetti Bolognese At Home

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  1. Heat oil in a large, non-stick pan and add the chopped onions and crushed garlic
  2. Fry for a couple of minutes on medium heat, until the onions begin to brown
  3. Then add the turkey mince and Italian seasoning, stir
  4. Add red wine
  5. Stir, and cook for a few moments until reduced slightly – then add the chicken stock cube:
  6. Stir to dissolve the stock cube
  7. Add the tomato puree
  8. Then add the tinned tomato, balsamic vinegar, salt and sugar. Stir and cook for a further 10 minutes to reduce and richen the flavour.
  9. Meanwhile, boil the spaghetti as per packet instructions. Once the bolognese has reduced, serve on a bed of spaghetti with a grating of cheese.
    Turkey Bolognese Recipe Spaghetti Hint of Helen
Yield: 4 Servings

Turkey Spaghetti Bolognese

Turkey Bolognese Recipe Spaghetti Hint of Helen

A healthy, quick turkey bolognese recipe made with red wine and garlic.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 Onion
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 500g Turkey Mince
  • 1 Small Glass Red Wine
  • 1 Chicken Stock Cube
  • 2 tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Tin Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • Spaghetti (to serve)
  • Fresh Basil (to garnish - optional)
  • Parmesan (or any cheese you have in) - to top, optional


  1. Roughly chop the onion and mince the garlic cloves
  2. Heat oil into a large, non-stick pan and add the chopped onion and garlic. Fry on a medium heat for a few minutes, until the onion begins to brown
  3. Add the turkey mince to the pan and stir using a wooden spoon
  4. Add the italian seasoning, stir and cook until the turkey mince is brown and no pink remains
  5. Add the glass of wine and chicken stock cube - mix until the stock cube has dissolved, then simmer until reduced (about 5 minutes)
  6. Then add the tomato puree, salt, sugar and tinned tomatoes
  7. Stir snd simmer for a further 15 minutes until reduced more 
  8. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti as per packet instructions
  9. Once the bolognese has reduced more, taste (add more salt if you'd like!) and serve on the bed of cooked spaghetti, with a grating of cheese and some fresh basil (optional)


My preference is always brown spaghetti for a little more bite. When I make beef bolognese I follow this same recipe, but instead use beef mince and beef stock 🙂

Nutritional Value calculated using VeryWellFit based on 4 servings and for the bolognese alone (not including spaghetti or parmesan).

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Nutrition Information



Amount Per Serving Calories 264Total Fat 10.5gSaturated Fat 0.8gCholesterol 5mgSodium 347mgCarbohydrates 11.1gFiber 1.8gSugar 6.3gProtein 25.4g

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1 comment

Ian Craft 23rd September 2022 - 1:05 pm

Very tasty, thank you.


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