Healthy Bolognese Sauce

healthy bolognese sauce with rigatoni pasta.

5 from 4 reviews

In this Healthy Bolognese sauce recipe, a combo of ground turkey, mushrooms and grass fed beef replace the meats used in a traditional Bolognese sauce. This healthier version of the sauce still packs plenty of flavor, and is excellent with a good Tuscan Sangiovese.




  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large pot. Add the onion, and cook until it begins to soften, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the mushrooms, and cook until they begin to soften and sweat, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the red wine and minced garlic, stirring to combine with the mushrooms and onions.
  4. Once the wine has been mostly absorbed, add the ground beef to the pot. Stir occasionally. When the beef begins to brown, after about 5 minutes, add the turkey and cook for a few more minutes.
  5. Stir in the tomatoes and beef broth, along with the kale plus the herbs and spices (basil, sage, ground fennel). Raise the heat to bring to a simmer, then lower to medium low to maintain a simmer. Simmer uncovered for at least 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Cook your pasta according to package instructions after the sauce has been simmering for about 30 minutes. Drain and toss immediately with sauce. If you are using about 20 ounces or more of sauce, you can toss all the sauce and pasta at once. If using a smaller portion of pasta, toss initially with several scoops of sauce, then add the additional amount of sauce needed to have the pasta sauced the way you like it.
  7. Plate the pasta and served topped with freshly grated Parmigiano cheese, along with a good glass of Italian Sangiovese.


Keywords: Bolognese sauce, lightened recipes, healthy recipes, Italian food, pasta sauces

Recipe Card powered by