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Healthy Turkey and Mushroom Bolognese

Healthy Turkey and Mushroom Bolognese is the perfect way to get your winter comfort fix while cutting out fat and calories for healthier eating. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword bolognese, turkey bolognese, mushroom bolognese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 477 kcal
Author Nicole


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion (1 medium onion)
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery (3 celery stalks)
  • 1 cup finely chopped carrot (2 large carrots)
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 10 oz cremini mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 2 1/2 tsp kosher salt, divided
  • 1 lb ground turkey breast
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 28 oz canned, crushed tomatoes
  • 2 parmesan cheese rinds
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 lb whole-wheat fettuccine


  1. Heat a large pot to a medium heat. Add olive oil. Once oil is hot, add onion, celery, carrots, and 1 teaspoon salt, stir and saute veggies until slightly softened, about 2-3 minutes.  Add garlic, continue to cook another minute. 

  2. Add mushrooms, ground turkey breast and another teaspoon of salt. Use a wooden spoon to break up the turkey breast while it cooks. You want the meat to be chopped as fine as the vegetables. Continue to cook and use the wooden spoon to break up the meat until it's cooked all the way through, about 7-8 minutes. 

  3. Stir in tomato paste, cook 1 minute. Add in red wine and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer until almost evaporated. Add in remaining salt, crushed tomatoes, parmesan rinds, cinnamon, sugar and water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover with a lid. Simmer for 35 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

  4. Once the sauce has simmered for 35 minutes, season to taste with salt and then add milk. Continue to simmer for another 15 minutes. Remove rinds and then season to taste with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low. 

  5. While the sauce finishes cooking, bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Season liberally with salt. Add fettuccine and cook until just under aldente, about 8-10 minutes. 

  6. Use tongs to transfer pasta to the sauce. Toss in sauce until some of it has absorbed into the pasta and the pasta is aldente. Serve with grated parmesan cheese. 

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Turkey and Mushroom Bolognese
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 477 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 43mg14%
Sodium 1308mg57%
Potassium 1108mg32%
Carbohydrates 74g25%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 3974IU79%
Vitamin C 18mg22%
Calcium 132mg13%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.