Use up that leftover turkey with this turkey bolognese! Shredded turkey in a lovely rich ragu. Ready in 30 minutes!
The recipe is almost exactly the same as my regular Spaghetti Bolognese - why change it if it works!
After all the feasting at Christmas, I usually crave curry or pasta in the following days.
Of course we still have loads of turkey left, so that's my staple meat for the next few days.
I'll be making this turkey bolognese to satisfy that pasta craving (and turkey tikka masala for the curry!)
📋 What do we need?
- Turkey - shreds or small chunks of leftover cooked turkey. Even those little tiny bits of turkey are great - so be sure to get as much meat of as you can.
- Tinned tomatoes - I love using finely chopped tomatoes for a thicker sauce (rather than the tins of tomato with big lumps of tomato in a think sauce). Passata is also good too.
- Wine - don't worry about which wine to use. Any red wine will do. I use a fairly cheap merlot just because that what we have in.
🔪 How to make this turkey bolognese
Full recipe with detailed steps in the recipe card at the end of this post.
Soften onions, garlic, carrots, celery and mushrooms in a pan with a little oil.
Add in the cooked turkey and then the wine and bubble for a few minutes. The red wine will darken the meat, but don't worry, we're adding tomatoes etc later, so the colour all evens itself out.
Add in tomato puree, some tried thyme and oregano, Worcestershire sauce, a crumbled chicken stock cube, a couple of tins of chopped tomatoes, a little sugar (to balance out the acidity of the tomatoes) and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Bring to the boil and simmer for 15-20 until luscious and thick.
👩🍳PRO TIP Put your pasta on to boil as soon as the bolognese comes to a simmer so it will all be ready at the same time.
Serve on top of spaghetti with a sprinkling of spring onions and parmesan.
If you haven't tried our simple 2-ingredient homemade pasta recipe yet (no machines needed!) take a look 😋
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Leftover Turkey Bolognese
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion - peeled and finely diced
- 2 cloves garlic - peeled and minced
- 1 carrot - peeled and finely diced
- 1 stick of celery - finely diced
- 3 chestnut mushrooms - finely diced
- 300 g (10.5oz) leftover cooked turkey - finely chopped or shredded
- 120 ml (½ cup) red wine - any red will do
- 3 tbsp tomato puree
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- ½ tsp dried thyme
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 chicken stock cube - crumbled
- 800 g (2 x 400g/14oz) tins finely chopped tomatoes
- ½ tbsp granulated or caster sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- Cooked spaghetti - swap for pasta shapes if you prefer
- Small bunch spring onions - scallions, chopped
- grated parmesan
- Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often, until the onion softens.
- Add the garlic and cook for a further minute.
- Add the carrot, celery and mushrooms and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
- Add the chopped turkey, stir, then add the wine. Bring to the boil and let it bubble for 2-3 minutes, until reduced by three quarters.
- Add the tomato puree, oregano, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, chicken stock cube, tinned tomatoes, sugar, salt and pepper. Stir and bring to the boil.
- Turn down the heat and simmer for 15 -20 minutes until thickened (this is a good time to cook your spaghetti).
- Spoon the bolognese on top of the spaghetti and sprinkle on the spring onions (scallions) and parmesan before serving.
I'm not so sure about sprouts (but being a sprout lover I'd probably try it anyway 😁) If you made roast beef for your Christmas dinner - use the leftover beef instead of the turkey. Just chop it up finely (I find this tastes better than large chunks of meat when using beef). How to scale up and scale down this recipe Increase or decrease the servings by sticking to the same ratios. Nutritional information is per serving not including the pasta, spring onions and parmesan.
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