Spaghetti with Turkey Bolognese

by jerseygirl on October 24, 2008 · 39 comments

Did I happen to mention the Phillies are in the World Series? Oh yeah! This is one sports filled weekend at our house. We have the Flyers, Eagles and Phillies all playing within 24 hours. My husband is a happy man. I don’t mind either, but these sports are not good for the diet. I will be cooking up some snacks for the games. What does this have to do with my spaghetti recipe? Absolutely nothing. But I had to mention it.

Here is another healthy weeknight recipe. I almost always use whole wheat spaghetti for the health benefits you get. This time I used whole wheat, flax seed spaghetti that I purchased at Trader Joe’s. To cut down on fat, I used turkey rather than the beef or pork used in a more traditional Bolognese. I also drained the turkey after it was browned. If you add enough herbs and spices, you will not lose any flavor. The picture isn’t the greatest because the steam kept getting in the way. I apologize but we didn’t want to eat cold spaghetti.

Come back next time and I will tell you how you can BOO your neighbors for Halloween.

Spaghetti with Turkey Bolognese

1 lb whole wheat spaghetti
1 TBS olive oil
1 1/4 lb ground lean turkey
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
handful fresh chopped parsley
handful fresh chopped basil
1 TBS dried Italian seasoning
28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 TBS sugar
salt and red pepper to taste
grated Parmesan for serving

Cook spaghetti in a large pot of salted water according to package directions. Drain and keep warm. In a Dutch oven, heat olive oil to medium and brown the ground turkey. Drain after it is fully cooked. Add jalapeno, garlic, parsley,basil, and seasoning and cook for a minute or two. Add tomatoes and sugar. Cover pot and simmer on low for 25 minutes while stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss spaghetti with sauce and serve with grated cheese. This makes 4 to 6 servings.

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Barbara Bakes October 24, 2008 at 4:09 pm

I love whole wheat spaghetti too – every little bit helps! Go Phillies!

Allie October 24, 2008 at 4:12 pm

Have fun watching all the games! Love using ground turkey in pasta not sure why more people don’t.

kat October 24, 2008 at 4:21 pm

Great use of ground turkey, people always think turkey is dry but not if done like this

biz319 October 24, 2008 at 4:23 pm

That spaghetti looks so thick – nice! I’ll have to check that out the next time I am at Trader Joe’s.

I try to sub whole wheat for regular, but hubby can always tell! 😀

Jeni October 24, 2008 at 5:01 pm

I was craving spaghetti and wa-la, I came upon your sight. Looks good. I haven’t had it with whole wheat before noodles, but I think I’ll give it a try. Thanks.

Stacey Snacks October 24, 2008 at 5:20 pm

I love pasta with ANYTHING on top!
I could eat it plain w/ butter.
I buy Trader’s pappardelle, they are great.
We are on for Monday lunch!
Where are we going?
I have some ideas………….

Michele October 24, 2008 at 5:25 pm

I use ground turkey often as a substitution for ground beef. I normally drain and rinse ground beef as well as ground turkey. Congrats on the Phillies!! I’m an Indians girl, and it was a very sad, sad season for me.

Dawn October 24, 2008 at 5:50 pm

LOL! Yes, my hubby is a happy man too (he’s from Philly).
Have a good weekend. Don’t you just love Trader Joe’s?
Great swap with the turkey here.

Pam October 24, 2008 at 6:09 pm

I would love a plate of that right now. Good luck to your teams!

Veronica October 24, 2008 at 6:59 pm

How about those Phillies?! We’re Yankee fans in our house-but I’m glad the Phillies are doing well. I love that flax spaghetti!

Mrs. L October 24, 2008 at 7:02 pm

Should I mention that the Giants and 49ers suck but at least I have the Sharks? I seriously doubt the day all three teams in my area have good years at the same time….

HoneyB October 24, 2008 at 7:15 pm

We use whole wheat often ourselves! Have fun watching the games!

Bridgett October 24, 2008 at 7:33 pm

I’ve never tried it with turkey. Sounds delicious!

Sara October 24, 2008 at 8:24 pm

This looks great, I just tried that same spaghetti from Trader Joe’s last night, we liked it.

Jan October 24, 2008 at 9:08 pm

I love Spag Bol, this is one of the few dishes my hubby makes. I have to admit ours is not so healthy, we use beef, and have homemade garlic bread with ours.
This certainly sounds like a more wholesome alternative. 🙂

Bunny October 24, 2008 at 10:16 pm

I’ve never made whole wheat spaghetti, I’m gonna have to try this!

nicole October 25, 2008 at 1:28 am

Ahhh…Who can wait for steam to go down? You want hot spaghetti. I figure HEY at least you took a picture. Still looks good.

Beth October 25, 2008 at 7:32 am

I love bolognese. Never tried making it with turkey mince – sounds like a good lower fat alternative

Yasmeen October 25, 2008 at 8:38 am

hi Lisa
Flax Seed in Spaghetti is a smart healthy idea along with turkey and whole grain pasta:)
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Waiting for you boolicious recipes:)

hot garlic October 25, 2008 at 9:46 am

Ohhh, spicy! I love the whole wheat pasta, it’s my absolute fave. This just looks great Lisa!

alexandra's kitchen October 25, 2008 at 10:20 am

Go Phillies!! This pasta looks aweome. I love pasta and don’t make it enough.

RecipeGirl October 25, 2008 at 10:23 am

Ha Ha- sports are not good for our diets as well. I always have to make something fun to watch the games.

We’re sad about the Red Sox, but I hope your team wins for you!

Yummy turkey idea!

mikky October 25, 2008 at 2:08 pm

what a healthy treat… 🙂

*Priscilla* October 25, 2008 at 2:47 pm

looks yummo! i was kinda hopin’ the cubs would have been playing the rays….:(

Clumbsy Cookie October 25, 2008 at 3:44 pm

Goooooooooooo Phillies! And go turkey bolognese as well!!!

Robin Sue October 25, 2008 at 4:49 pm

Go Phillies!! Gotta love bolognese, just made some last night-it’s one of my favorites, not as healthy as yours though!

Aggie October 25, 2008 at 8:00 pm

I’m laughing because I get a lot of steam in my pictures too!

I love this Lisa, looks delicious! I haven’t made a sauce like this in a while…maybe tomorrow! Thanks for the idea!

Tell me about sports not being good for the diet…I’m struggling over here!

The Blonde Duck October 25, 2008 at 10:17 pm

It looks great to me! I love whole wheat pasta!

Jenny October 26, 2008 at 12:25 am

This looks like a great dish Lisa. I love ww pasta. Once I got used to it, I prefer it now. The turkey sounds like a great addition too!

Sharon October 26, 2008 at 1:07 am

I’ve been meaning to try the flax seed pasta from Trader Joe’s but keep forgetting to buy it! Thanks for the reminder 🙂 Hope you had a successful sports weekend!

Prudy October 26, 2008 at 4:48 pm

Sounds delicious. I know what you mean about steam-it’s a toss up every night. Great pics or great food? We always opt for the great hot food! Go Phillies!

Jennifer Ludgin October 26, 2008 at 7:22 pm

mmm, lisa, that looks great! I made meat loaf out of ground lean turkey tonight…so good!

Leslie October 26, 2008 at 8:23 pm

We have the sports fever in my House too… Rays, Bucs and Lightning! Tampa is a huge sports town!
Love your healthy spaghetti

That Girl October 27, 2008 at 12:47 am

Ground turkey is just so versatile!

Jeena October 27, 2008 at 12:52 pm

Oooh pass me a fork so I can twist this delicious spaghetti around it yum!

Great healthy option using turkey instead of beef. 🙂

bren@Flanboyant Eats October 27, 2008 at 10:39 pm

i was looking for the sugar in your ingredients! I’m amazed at how many ppl don’t use it in the sauce!

Lisa magicsprinkles October 28, 2008 at 3:13 pm

This looks so warm, comforting and filling. We sometimes BOO in our neighborhood, but it hasn’t happened this year (yet).

Rosie October 29, 2008 at 9:30 am

This looks a great Lisa with whole wheat spaghetti – just perfect!

Rosie x

Gavan Murphy aka The Healthy Irishman October 30, 2008 at 5:47 pm

I’ve used that spag. from Trader Joes. Brilliant. Love this recipe. I just found you on Foodie Friday. Great site and very colorful. Nice job.

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