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Easy Turkey Bolognese

Easy Turkey Bolognese - a family friendly simple recipe, full of flavor and clean ingredients!! Ditch the store bought jarred sauce and make your own! Stovetop, slow cooker, or Instant Pot instructions.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 6
Calories: 211kcal


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 large carrot, minced
  • 1 celery stalk, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 lb ground turkey (or beef)
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 teaspoons homemade Italian seasoning see recipe below
  • 1 T butter (optional) use ghee for Whole30/Paleo


  • In a large deep skillet, saute onion, carrot, and celery in the olive oil over medium high heat. Cook until starting to soften, about 4-5 minutes. Add garlic and ground turkey and continue to cook, breaking up turkey.
  • When turkey is browned, add crushed tomatoes, salt, and basil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.  Stir in the butter if using.

Slow Cooker Instrcutions:

  • Brown turkey in the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add onion, celery, and carrots and cook for 3-4 minutes.  Drain if necessary.  Add to a slow cooker along with the rest of the ingredients (except butter.)  Cook on Low for 6-8 hours or High for 3-4 hours.  Stir in butter if using.

Instant Pot Instructions:

  • Add oil to the bottom of the pot.  Brown turkey using the Saute function.  Add onion, carrot, celery, garlic, tomatoes, salt, and seasoning.  Seal lid, and set for 10 minutes using Manual function.  Natural release pressure.  Stir in butter if using.


Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 624mg | Potassium: 613mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2345IU | Vitamin C: 14.5mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2.7mg