I love spaghetti Bolognese from my years living in England where it is a very popular dish, but wanted to be healthier. I think ground turkey Bolognese is better than the beef version! Feel free to add vegetables; this is an easy way to get my husband to eat more of them, and I use red lentils to increase the fiber content. This is a fast Bolognese, no 4 hours of simmering on a low stove. Who has the time? Top with cheese, if you like.


Recipe Summary

25 mins
1 hr 3 mins
1 hr 28 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Place lentils in a saucepan with water to cover and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook until lentils are tender, adding more water if necessary, about 30 minutes

  • Spray a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat. Add carrots, onion, and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring often, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Push vegetables to the sides of the pan. Cook turkey in the center of the pan, breaking it up with a spoon until browned and dry, about 5 minutes. Mix turkey in with the vegetables.

  • Stir red bell pepper and garlic into the skillet; cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and tomato sauce; mix to combine. Stir in the cooked lentils. Add wine; if necessary, thin sauce with water. Add Italian seasoning and Worcestershire sauce; season sauce with salt and pepper.

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain. Combine cooked pasta and sauce.

Nutrition Facts

614 calories; protein 40.5g; carbohydrates 79.3g; fat 10.4g; cholesterol 83.9mg; sodium 834mg. Full Nutrition