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4.88 from 16 votes

Turkey Bolognese

A tasty Turkey Bolognese enhanced with bacon and sherry!
Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Keyword bolognese, minced turkey, Pasta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Author Camilla Hawkins


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion large, finely dice
  • 1 carrot large, finely diced
  • 2 celery sticks finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 3 back bacon slices (smoked or unsmoked) chopped
  • 450 g turkey thigh mince
  • 1 tsp Italian herbs
  • 400 ml chicken stock made with 1 stock cube
  • 1 400g tin Italian chopped plum tomatoes (use top quality, makes all the difference)
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree heaped
  • 2 tbsp sweet sherry
  • freshly ground salt and pepper


  • g rated parmesan cheese


  • Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a large pan and sweat the onion, carrot, celery and garlic under a lid for about 10 minutes until onions translucent (stirring occasionally).
  • Push the vegetables to the outer edge, add another tbsp of oil and fry the bacon until cooked.
  • Add the turkey mince and continue to fry until lightly browned.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, herbs, pepper and stock.
  • Bring to boil and then reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes, popping the lid on after 10 minutes.
  • Check seasoning.
  • Add the sherry and continue to simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Serve with spaghetti and parmesan cheese.



You could use turkey breast mince but would need to add extra olive oil as it's quite dry.