Easy Midweek Meal- Turkey Bolognese


Happy Hump Day! If you are like me, then you, too, love Wednesdays because it means only two more days until the weekend. I enjoy a quick and easy delicious midweek meal to help get me through the last two days of the work week. This turkey bolognese takes minutes to make and is super simple. You can also make it unique by adding in different vegetables or swapping in chicken or beef for the turkey. I like to keep mine on the healthier side so I try and stick with turkey and load up on the tomatoes, basil, mushrooms, and sometimes green pepper.

The key to making this bolognese delicious, with a nice thick sauce, is to really bring the bolognese to a roaring boil and then simmer it for at least 10-15 minutes. If you want your sauce on the thicker side opt for 1/2 teaspoon of flour to thicken it up. I would also suggest using a merlot over a cabernet for the sauce. This is great meal to impress guests with because it will look like you spent hours in the kitchen. Need lunch for the rest of the week? Make a little bit extra and your coworkers will be jealous of your lunch come noon. Enjoy!


Turkey Bolognese


  • 8 ounces uncooked pappardelle
  • 1 pound sweet turkey Italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, ground
  • 2 cans unsalted diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, oregano, undrained
  • Cherry tomato halves
  • Basil leaves
  • Parmesan cheese


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and keep warm.
  • While pasta cooks, remove sausage from casings. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat sausage with cooking spray. Add sausage to pan and cook until browned. Drain well.
  • Return sausage to pan and stir in wine, pepper, and diced tomatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes or until sauce is slightly thick. Serve sauce over pasta.
  • Garnish with tomato halves and basil leaves. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if desired.

About Author

Mollie is a native Cape Codder who learned at an early age how to put a lobster to sleep, harvest cranberries, and dig for clams. After high school she followed her sense of adventure out west to the University of Wyoming where she graduated with marketing and communication degrees. She found herself making roots in Jackson, her fiance’s hometown, and using her sales skills combined with her love of anything delicious to join the Dishing sales team. She loves baking from scratch, large glasses of red wine, and hiking with her heeler, Newton. She’ll try anything, but remains a stuck up Cape Codder when it comes to seafood. If she didn’t catch it or see it come off the boat, don’t even try tempting her.

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