This quicker, lighter version of Bolognese sauce still tastes rich and complex, like it has cooked all day. It uses a mix of ground turkey and chopped mushrooms, with a few morsels of pancetta thrown in for a flavor boost. Sautéed carrots and onion provide sweetness, and concentrated tomato flavor in the form of a paste adds instant depth.



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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a pot over medium-high. When it shimmers, add onion, carrots, and mushrooms; season with salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender and golden in places, 8 to 10 minutes (if bottom of pot browns too quickly, reduce heat to medium).

  • Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, turkey, and pancetta; season with salt and pepper. Cook, breaking turkey into bite-size pieces, until browned in places, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and tomato paste; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Add wine and boil, scraping up any browned bits, until mostly evaporated. Add broth and tomato sauce; bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring a few times, until thickened and reduced slightly, about 30 minutes.

  • Stir in milk and continue simmering until again thickened and reduced slightly, 12 to 15 minutes more. Remove from heat. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of generously salted boiling water according to package instructions.

  • Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta water. Toss pasta with a few spoonfuls of Bolognese and enough pasta water for sauce to evenly coat pasta. Serve pasta with more Bolognese, topped with cheese, parsley, and a drizzle of oil.

Cook's Notes

Extra Bolognese sauce can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 3 days, or frozen for up to 3 months.