Easy Turkey Bolognese is a pasta sauce recipe with turkey, carrots and celery

Easy Turkey Bolognese

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American/Italian


This hearty bolognese sauce is a perfect leftover turkey recipe! If you don’t have leftover turkey you can easily swap out chicken or ground beef!


2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 cup diced carrots

1/2 cup diced celery

1/2 cup diced onions

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon kosher salt

Fresh ground black pepper to taste

1 pound leftover turkey (or chicken)

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice

1 cup tomato sauce (or substitute jarred marinara sauce)

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for topping

2 tablespoons heavy cream

Chopped parsley for garnish


Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

Add the carrots, celery and onions along with the salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.

Cook for 7-8 minutes, stirring until softened.

Add the cooked turkey, stirring into the carrots, onions and celery.

Add the tomato paste, working into the turkey mixture, then pour in the diced tomatoes with their juice and the tomato sauce.

Bring the sauce to a simmer, partially cover with a lid and cook for 20 minutes, stirring often. The sauce will get thicker and deeper in flavor if you cook it longer than 20 minutes, you can even go up to an hour on low heat.

Right before serving, add the cream and parmesan cheese. Stir into the sauce to combine and season with more salt and pepper to taste if needed. Serve over pasta, rice, baked potatoes or crispy french fries!


This recipe makes enough to serve with a pound of pasta which will give you about 6 servings for dinner.

Keywords: bolognese sauce, turkey bolognese, meat sauce, pasta sauce recipe, leftover turkey recipe