Easy Spaghetti Bolognese

Easy Spaghetti Bolognese

Easy Spaghetti Bolognese


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic (about 4 cloves)
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes (this gives your dish some extra flavor, but not a lot of heat–up it if you want it hotter)
  • 3/4 cup dry red wine
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Spaghetti
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 chopped fresh basil leaves, lightly packed
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half (I used fat-free)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pan and add ground turkey. Cook until the turkey has started to brown, about 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes and cook one more minute. Pour 1 cup of red wine into the skillet and use it to scrape up any brown bits. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper, stirring to combine. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. While the meat is simmering, cook pasta according to manufacturer’s directions.
  3. While the pasta cooks, finish the sauce. Add the nutmeg, basil, and half-and-half, simmer for 10 minutes, or until thickened. When the pasta is cooked, drain and add pasta to the sauce. Toss with 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.