Turkey Sausage Bolognese

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 20 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 4 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 13 ingredients

Although I love a good Bolognese sauce, I don’t like to eat too much ground beef.It contains too much saturated fat. Through trial and error, I’ve found that turkey sausage makes a very tasty...

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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped carrot
  • ½ cup celery
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed fennel seed (see Ann’s Tips)
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • ¾ hot Italian style turkey sausage, squeezed out of its casings
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup chicken broth or water
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 (14-ounce) can crushed tomato
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Nutrition Facts


125 cals


5 g

Saturated Fat

1 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

1 g

Monounsaturated Fat

3 g


17 g


9 g


4 g


6 g


521 mg


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook onions, carrots, celery, fennel seeds, and rosemary until tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the sausage and garlic, breaking the sausage into pieces. Once the sausage is no longer pink, add the vinegar and broth. Continue cooking until the broth has evaporated.
  3. Stir in the tomato paste and crushed tomato. Bring to a boil then simmer for at least 10 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper. Remove rosemary sprig and serve with pasta.

Chef Tips

Do not use precooked or smoked sausages. If you prefer a less spicy dish, make it with sweet instead of hot turkey sausage.

If your sausage is already flavored with fennel, leave out the fennel seeds.

Registered Dietitian Approved

All our recipes are created by chefs and reviewed by our oncology-trained staff Registered Dietitian, Kate Ueland, MS, RD, to ensure that each is backed with scientific evidence and meets the standards set by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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