Slow Cooker Turkey Bolognese

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to share this recipe with you! It’s one of our favorites, and I make it regularly. I always enjoy a good bolognese; however, for a long time the only recipes I was familiar with were long and complicated. While they are delicious, I just don’t have time for labor intensive cooking at this stage of life. Many of these recipes were also not particularly healthy and included sausage, bacon and other ingredients. Even though we like them, we try not to eat too many meals with those types of ingredients. This recipe, on the other hand, is perfect for us; it’s healthy, made with ground turkey and carrots, and it’s easy, you set it all in the slow cooker in the morning and it’s ready to go come dinner time.

The last time I made this I realized that I really should start doubling this recipe and freezing a batch of it. (Or having lots of leftovers). We had a few people over for dinner and were so sad when there were barely any leftovers. I also think this would be a great meal to bring to a friend in need. You could even bring the sauce and they could boil the pasta themselves at dinner time depending on their situation. All I know is it’s delicious!

Slow Cooker Turkey Bolognese

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian


  • 1 28 oz can Tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 small carrots diced
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 1/3 lbs ground turkey


  • Add all ingredients to the slow cooker except turkey and stir to combine.
  • Bread ground turkey into cubes, add to slow cooker and cover with sauce.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  • Use potato masher to break up turkey at the end to make a meat sauce.
  • Serve over linguini or spaghetti.


What to serve with it: We love this with a simple steamed or sautéed veggie.  We also enjoy it with a salad.  
Helping Hands:  If my kids want to help with this recipe, I have them help mix all of the sauce ingredients before I add the meat.  It’s not a big job, but they often like being involved.  

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