Get dinner on the table in 20 minutes or less with this fast, fresh and family-friendly recipe for Quick Spaghetti Bolognese with Turkey.

Quick Spaghetti Bolognese with Turkey garnished with shredded Parmesan cheese in white bowl with glass of white wine in background

Is there a more classic comfort food than good ol’ spaghetti bolognese?

One might argue its cheesy culinary cousin could be a close contender, but when it comes to a hearty dish that doesn’t break the bank and doesn’t take 19 years to make, this recipe for Quick Spaghetti Bolognese with Turkey gets my vote!

Sautéed garlic with olive oil in large saucepan

It’s the perfect combination of ingredients that lends itself well to store-bought shortcuts but still allows you to go 100% the DIY route if desired. And that translates to using either homemade marinara (try my 10-minute version!) or your go-to jarred favorite.

Large saucepan with ground turkey, tomato sauce and spices

Your next choice comes down to your preferred protein. When I’m feeling like a lighter spaghetti bolognese, I opt for ground turkey, but if you really want all the delicious flavor (read: fat) of a true meat sauce, a combination of ground beef and pork will work wonders.

Tongs holding al dente spaghetti over large pot of salted water.

And finally, grab your desired noodle shape, anything from spaghetti or linguine to rigatoni (my all-time fave) or cavatappi. Or, go the low-carb route with zoodles!

Best of all, this quick-fix bolognese freezes like a breeze. So feel free to make a double or triple batch then store it in the freezer. And for easy defrosting, divide your desired portion sizes into individual sealable plastic bags then thaw, warm and serve as needed!

Quick Spaghetti Bolognese with Turkey sprinkled with shredded Parmesan cheese in white bowl; glass of white wine and greens in background.

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Quick Spaghetti Bolognese with Turkey

Get dinner on the table in 20 minutes or less with this fast, fresh and family-friendly recipe for Quick Spaghetti Bolognese with Turkey.
5 from 2 votes
Quick Spaghetti Bolognese with Turkey garnished with shredded Parmesan cheese in white bowl with glass of white wine in background
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients 

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 4 cups homemade or store-bought tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 pound uncooked spaghetti pasta
  • Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)

Instructions 

  • Add the olive oil to a large saucepan set over medium-low heat. Once the oil is hot, add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Add the ground turkey and using a spatula, break it apart into pieces while it cooks.
  • Once the turkey is fully cooked, add the tomato sauce, dried oregano, sugar, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Reduce the heat and simmer the sauce for 10 minutes then taste and season it with additional salt, pepper and sugar as needed. 
  • While the sauce simmers, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook it until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain the pasta then serve it topped with the turkey bolognese and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese (optional). 
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Calories: 435kcal, Carbohydrates: 70g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 41mg, Sodium: 899mg, Potassium: 940mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 725IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 48mg, Iron: 3.4mg

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  1. This bolognese looks so delicious! I love that I can easily freeze it and keep for busy weeknights.