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Quick Turkey Bolognese with Spaghetti Squash

Using spaghetti squash instead of pasta in this dish saves about 250 calories per serving.

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  • Servings: 4
Quick Turkey Bolognese with Spaghetti Squash

Photography: Standard

Source: Everyday Food, January/February 2012


  • 3 bacon slices, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced small
  • 1 large carrot, diced small
  • 2 small celery stalks, diced small
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey breast or chicken breast
  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes (from a 28-ounce can)
  • Red-pepper flakes (optional)
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 6 cups Roasted Spaghetti Squash
  • Grated Parmesan, for serving


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium until crisp, 8 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels to drain. Add 1 tablespoon oil to skillet. Add onion, carrot, celery, and garlic and cook until vegetables are tender, 15 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl.

  2. Add 1 tablespoon oil and turkey to skillet and cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until almost cooked through, 5 minutes. Add bacon, vegetables, tomatoes, and pinch of red-pepper flakes, if using, to skillet and bring to a simmer; cook until turkey is cooked through and sauce is thickened, 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve over spaghetti squash and sprinkle with Parmesan.

Reviews (3)

  • Ken F 17 Nov, 2013

    Yum! It is great! No guilt pasta!

  • Debbie Dunn Gonzalez 7 Apr, 2013

    This was so yummy! I of course added a little extra italian seasonings as I love a lot of flavor. I also didn't have any bacon, so I used a small amount of chopped up ham left over from Easter. But you really felt like you were having pasta! It was easy to fix and will definitely be on my regular menu!

  • 86heather 19 Oct, 2012

    Made this for a 4 person dinner party and it was a BIG hit. One of the people didn't like squash (I didn't know this before I made it) but he loved it and went back for seconds. Lots of flavour in the sauce.

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