Recipe: Turkey Bolognese {Cucina Antica}

by Cate on March 27, 2018

A light take on the traditional heartier Bolognese sauce, this Turkey Bolognese, served over Zucchini Noodles, is filling, guilt-free, and quick to table. Let’s get started!

Turkey Bolognese with Zucchini Noodles

I’ll be honest. When Cucina Antica first reached out and asked if I wanted to be a Brand Ambassador for them this year, even though I was currently on Whole30 (and have now morphed into Food Freedom Forever), I didn’t inspect their ingredient list too carefully.

Because, well, I’m Italian and they said sauce, and I was there.

So imagine my pleasant surprise when the first shipment arrived of sauce and I turned the jar around so I could read the ingredients and found out that it was, in fact, Whole30-complaint.

Whoop!

When it comes to developing new recipes for clients, I tend to keep my own family’s needs close to heart … in that, I usually create recipes that would actually appeal to us and would hit our everyday dinner table. As an on-the-go family with young children, but one that still places a great deal of importance on family dinner time, that means healthy recipes that are easy to make, delicious, quick to table, and use commonly sourced ingredients, and I think this is something that appeals to a lot of people.

And this Turkey Bolognese recipe hits those notes easily.

My daughter will eat pasta seven days a week if I let her, and my son, well, much less. As for me? Since I’m following most of Whole30’s core principles, I’m not eating pasta at all. So for my first recipe with Cucina Antica, I focused on a meal that I could make but adapt so we could all enjoy it … but not keep me in the kitchen feeling like a short order cook. That means spaghetti for my daughter, zucchini noodles for me, and half and half for my son … and bolognese sauce all around!

Because the Cucina Antica sauce line is all natural, it has no added sugar, no preservatives, and is gluten-free. It uses imported tomatoes (no tomato paste here!), and the ingredients are all completely pronounceable and clean, and a jar of their Tomato Basil made a delicious simmer-all-day flavor for my bolognese.

I started by cooking onion, celery, carrot, and garlic, and then the ground turkey. Once that was done, I added a jar of the Tomato Basil sauce, warmed it through and served it over the noodles.

Which means a healthy dinner that we all loved was on the table in under thirty minutes.

Take that, Rachael Ray!

Turkey Bolognese
Recipe courtesy of Cate O’Malley

Ingredients
2 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 lb ground turkey
1 celery stalk, diced
1 whole carrot, diced
4 medium cloves of garlic, diced
1 jar of Cucina Antica Tomato Basil sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tablespoon oregano flakes
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Directions

Put a large skillet over medium heat and add in the olive oil. Once oil heats, add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add in the chopped onion and cook 2 minutes or until they begin to soften. Add in diced carrot and celery and cook for another minute. Push the veggie mixture to the side and add in the ground turkey, crumbling and breaking it up as you cook. Add the oregano. Cook turkey until the meat is no longer pink. Mix the vegetables with the turkey. Add in Tomato Basil sauce and season generously with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and then lower heat and let simmer for 10 minutes. Add in the basil right before serving over noodles.

Yield: makes enough sauce to serve 4.

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