Terrific Turkey Bolognese From Little Dish

The Spag Bowl, a classic dish and a certain household favourite. We’re sure you know a few little ones who love a Spaghetti Bolognese. For a twist on the original, why not try out this Turkey Bolognese from The Little Dish Family Cookbook!


Minced turkey is sold  in most UK supermarkets. I use  it in Bolognese, Lasagne and  Burgers when my kids  need a break from red meat. If you’re after a more traditional Bolognese, replace the  turkey withbeef  mince, or a combination of beef  and  pork mince works  well also.

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 courgette, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dried mixed herbs
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 500g minced turkey
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Spaghetti or tagliatelle and Parmesan cheese, to serve


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large, heavy-based pan or flameproof casserole dish over a medium heat. Add the onion, carrot and courgette and sauté until softened but not browned, about 6 minutes.
  2. Add the mixed herbs and garlic and cook for 2–3 more minutes. Tip the mixture into a bowl, wipe the pan and add the remaining oil.
  3. Add the minced turkey, breaking it up with a fork or a wooden spoon to make sure there are no big lumps of mince. Cook over a medium heat until the mince starts to brown, about 5–7 minutes.
  4. Add the cooked vegetable mixture and tomatoes to the mince and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low so the sauce continues to simmer, for at least 1 hour and up to 3 hours.
  5. Serve the sauce over pasta and topped with Parmesan cheese.

Tip:  The sauce can be frozen for up to 2 months in an airtight container. Allow to cool to room temperature  before freezing.