Turkey Sausage Bolognese


1 finely-chopped medium white onion
3 chopped, fresh garlic cloves
1 lb. ground turkey
1 lb ground mild Italian turkey sausage
1 24-ounce bottle of strained tomatoes (“passata style“)
1 tsp. tomato paste
1/2 c hot water
½ tsp. garlic powder
1 ½ tsp. dried parsley
3 tbsp. chopped fresh basil
2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. cracked black pepper
Parmesan rind (optional, but highly recommended)
3 bay leaves


  1. Add two tablespoons of olive oil to a large stock pot over medium high heat; add chopped onions and sauté until they become translucent. Add chopped garlic and continue to sauté for another minute
  2. Add ground turkey and turkey sausage to the mixture and continue to sauté until turkey is fully cooked (no more pink should show)
  3. Add the bottle of strained tomatoes and reduce heat to medium low; pour the 1/2 cup hot water into the tomato bottle and add tomato paste. Shake the bottle and dump the contents into the pot (this technique helps get every last drop from the bottle!). Stir well to combine
  4. Add garlic powder, parsley, basil, salt and pepper to the pot; stir well
  5. Drop parmesan rind and bay leaves into the pot (note: you can buy parmesan rinds alone at your local grocery store OR save the rind from a recently used wedge stored in the freezer
  6. Simmer sauce over medium low heat for a minimum of 30 minutes before serving (note: the longer you let the sauce sit, the better it gets!)

No matter what you serve this sauce over, it’s delicious. In the photo, we’ve chosen to serve over spaghetti squash boats, but you can also try shirataki noodles or zoodles. If you double up batches, you can even store this sauce in the freezer for up to two months.

Bon appetit, HSM Family!

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2 thoughts on “Turkey Sausage Bolognese Sauce

  1. Just made the Bolognese recipe. BOTH of my picky kids gobbled it up! I did have to use pork sausage, as I couldn’t quickly find ground Italian turkey sausage (any suggestions?). Also, I’ve never cooked with parmesan rind before, but learned it’s referred to as “soup bones”. A great recipe, my kids loved it, AND I learned something new. Winning!

    1. Hi Julie!

      This is just wonderful, thank you for taking the time to let us know! As far as the turkey sausage goes, it usually lives near the plain ground turkey in the meat section; if you can’t find it next time, just add an extra pound of ground turkey, and a half teaspoon of fennel seed to the pot.

      So glad everyone enjoyed it!

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