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Emeril's Turkey Bolognese

Emeril Lagasse lightened up a traditional Italian meat sauce by using turkey instead of the usual pork and beef. Layer it in lasagna, or toss with pasta and top with Parmesan. One batch will serve 8 people.

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  • Servings: 8
  • Yield: Makes 6 cups
Emeril's Turkey Bolognese

Source: Everyday Food, March 2009


  • 10 slices turkey bacon (6 ounces), finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 pounds ground turkey (97 percent lean)
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley


  1. In a 5-quart Dutch oven or heavy pot, cook bacon over medium until crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. Add onion, carrots, and celery; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

  2. Add turkey; cook, breaking up meat with a spoon, until no longer pink, 8 to 9 minutes. Add wine and garlic; cook until wine has almost evaporated, 10 to 15 minutes. Add tomato paste; cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 7 to 10 minutes.

  3. Add broth and half-and-half; bring to a boil over high. Reduce to a simmer, and cook until sauce is thick and creamy, about 30 minutes more.

Reviews (6)

  • AnnieCLE 1 Apr, 2013

    I love this. It is excellent Bolognese. I use a very small amount of actual bacon, diced fine and add a little olive oil if I need it. A couple of tablespoons of minced bacon adds a lot of flavor.
    And the parsley??? I assume sprinkle on at finish?

  • Jamrock 1 Dec, 2010

    It is a great dish!....simple and easy....I pair this dish with rigatoni...Picky husband love it!

  • jerseygirl1960 20 May, 2010

    I love this recipe and didn't have a problem with the turkey bacon but maybe my turkey bacon was fattier. I have made this sauce twice and everyone loved it. I did add a couple of cans of diced tomatoes to make it a little less dry.

  • stassy 8 Sep, 2009

    I agree with the added oil comment. Turkey bacon is so lean it doesn't expel fat. I ended up cooking my turkey bacon in a seperate non-stick pan. I also thought the sauce needed more tomato flavour. Maybe 1.5 cans of tomato paste instead of one.

  • awh 27 Apr, 2009

    This was easy to make (despite taking 1.5 hours) and so good! Make a big batch and then freeze it and you will not be disappointed!

  • Amyred 24 Feb, 2009

    This is wonderful, but two things: first, need oil in the pan because turkey bacon isn't greasy enough to cook without it. Second, there is no indication as to when to add the chopped parsley, so I added it at the end. Otherwise--MEOOWWW!!

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