Low-Fat Turkey Bolognese

3 min read
Swap your usual beef mince with turkey to reduce the fat content of this classic Italian sauce and serve with wholemeal pasta.

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

Cooking Time: 45 Minutes

Serves: 4


  • 400g lean turkey mince
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 3 celery sticks, chopped
  • 250g brown mushroom, finely chopped
  • A pinch of sugar
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 x 400g cans of chopped tomatoes
  • 400ml chicken stock
  • Cooked wholemeal pasta, to serve


  1. Heat a large non-stick frying pan and dry-fry the turkey mince until browned. Tip onto a plate and set aside.

  2.  Add the oil and gently cook the onion, carrot, and celery until softened, about 10 mins (add a splash of water if it starts to stick). Add the mushrooms and cook for a few mins, then add the sugar and tomato purée, and cook for 1 min more, stirring to stop it from sticking.

  3. Add the tomatoes, turkey, and stock with some seasoning. Simmer for at least 20 mins (or longer) until thickened. Serve with the pasta and fresh basil, if you have it.

Credit: Lucy Netherton