Turkey Bolognese with Penne


This ground turkey Bolognese with penne pasta is a very surprising and hearty meal. This recipe is packed with flavor.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 pound ground turkey

  • ¾ cup chopped carrots

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • ½ cup chopped celery

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon ground thyme

  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes

  • ¼ cup dry white wine

  • 2 cups tomato sauce

  • ½ cup tomato juice

  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley

  • 1 (8 ounce) package penne pasta

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add ground turkey and cook until well browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Add carrots, onion, celery, garlic, thyme, and red pepper flakes. Cook and stir until vegetables are tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain and discard grease, if necessary. Add white wine; cook and stir until almost completely evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add tomato sauce, tomato juice, and parsley. Reduce heat and simmer until sauce reaches a thick consistency, about 20 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain and return to the pot. Add the sauce and Parmesan cheese; mix well. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook's Notes:

You can substitute ground chicken or beef for ground turkey.

If you do not have tomato juice on hand, pour 1/2 cup water into tomato sauce can/jar, shake or swirl, and you've got your tomato juice!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

365 Calories
13g Fat
38g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 365
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 678mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 13mg 67%
Calcium 146mg 11%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 681mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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