Turkey Bolognese

This is great variation to your traditional bolognese sauce (tomato meat sauce).  Also, good for kids, by sneaking in veggies and getting them to choose the noodle shapes!  My “big kid” (aka husband) choose the wagon wheel noodle – He even has a song…..

“Wagon wheel, wagon wheel, wagon, wagon, wagon wheel”


2 lbs Lean Ground Turkey
3-4 strips Bacon, chopped (optional)
2 cups Mirepoix (chopped Onions, Carrots & Celery)
2 tbsp minced Garlic
½ cup Cilantro, chopped
2-3 springs Sage, chopped
¾ cup White Wine
2 jars Tomato Sauce
Salt & Pepper, to taste
1-2 tbsp Sugar, to taste


Brown turkey and bacon in a large pot on medium-high heat.  Once turkey is cooked, drain meat mixture to remove fat liquid.  Heat some olive oil in the pot and add turkey, mirepoix and garlic and cook for 8 minutes.  Add herbs and cook for 2 minutes.  Add white wine and let reduce to half (about 5 minutes).  Add the tomato sauce, stir well and bring to a boil.  Simmer on low for at least 1 hour.

Adjust the seasoning with salt & pepper, and add the sugar, to taste, to cut through some of the tomato’s acidity.

Serve with your favorite pasta.

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