Turkey Bolognese with Zucchini Noodles {gluten free}

An Italian classic – bolognese – made MUCH lighter with ground turkey and zucchini noodles. You can eat this hearty meal of turkey bolognese with zucchini noodles with no guilt at all!

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For so long, I’ve wanted to buy a spiralizer. I’ve been hesitant to pull the trigger because of storage reasons, and because my husband already thinks I have way too many kitchen gadgets. But it went on sale one day and I finally bought it. And I’m so glad I did! I’m obsessed! I love, love, love it.

And Ben does too. We haven’t had regular pasta since the purchase of this little gadget. We’ve been all about the zoooooodles. Zoodles. Zucchini Noodles.

Added veggies, less carbs, looser pants….win, win, win.

I first heard about the spiralizer on my blogging friend Ali’s site — Inspiralized (remember my “a day in the life” feature of Inspiralized?). All of Ali’s recipes are made using a spiralizer so if you need a little more motivation to purchase one, head on over there.

And if you’re wondering why — check out this fun chart on Ali’s site.

But anyways, this isn’t a “buy a spiralizer post” and it isn’t a “read Ali’s site” post (although I highly recommend you do both of those things). This is a “make this recipe!” post. Because it’s a winner!

An Italian classic - bolognese - made MUCH lighter with ground turkey and zucchini noodles. You can eat this hearty meal of turkey bolognese with zucchini noodles with no guilt at all! Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!

And if you don’t have a spiralizer, you can still make zucchini noodles — use this tutorial from Ali’s site (there I go again!).

Another great thing about zucchini noodles is that this meal only makes one pan dirty. I mean…I love spaghetti as an easy fall-back meal on those nights when I don’t know what else to make but I hate all the dishes it makes dirty. Okay, I know it’s only really two pans (and a colander!) but one is less than two. So this recipe wins.

I prepared the turkey bolognese in a large high-sided skillet and then you just toss the zucchini noodles in the sauce with tongs and let them cook slightly (really they just need to warm but if you cook them a little longer they have more of a pasta texture).

An Italian classic - bolognese - made MUCH lighter with ground turkey and zucchini noodles. You can eat this hearty meal of turkey bolognese with zucchini noodles with no guilt at all! Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Hope you guys love zucchini noodles as much as we do! My in-laws always tease me because I always use whole wheat pasta instead of white pasta. They’re really going to think I’ve gone over the edge now.

You can make a great salad with zucchini noodles too! I love these pizza zucchini noodles when I’m craving pizza – it’s such a healthy alternative! (Or this mason jar salad! One of my favorites.)

An Italian classic - bolognese - made MUCH lighter with ground turkey and zucchini noodles. You can eat this hearty meal of turkey bolognese with zucchini noodles with no guilt at all! Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Turkey Bolognese with Zucchini Noodles {gluten free}

An Italian classic – bolognese – made MUCH lighter with ground turkey and zucchini noodles. You can eat this hearty meal with no guilt at all!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound extra lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 celery stalk, finely diced
  • 1 large or two small carrots, finely diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 heaping tablespoon tomato paste
  • one 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 4-6 zucchini

Directions:

  1. In a very large, deep saute pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the turkey, onion, celery, and carrot. Season with salt and pepper and saute (breaking up the turkey into small pieces) until turkey is cooked through and vegetables are softened.
  2. Add in red pepper flakes and garlic and saute for another 1-2 minutes or until fragrant. Add in the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, oregano, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Add basil and stir to combine. Taste for seasonings and add more sugar, salt, pepper as desired.
  4. While the sauce is cooking, prepare the zucchini noodles using a spiralizer or other methods described in this post. After the sauce has cooked, toss in zucchini noodles using tongs and let cook for 3-4 minutes.
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Verdict: Loved loved loved this turkey bolognese. We’ll be having this often.
Husband’s take: It was a winner in his book too!
Changes I would make: None!
Difficulty: Easy!

Turkey Bolognese Nutrition Label

Actual nutrition may vary depending on how recipe is prepared.

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15 comments

  1. Perfect! I had already planned on jumping off the diving board tonight and making zoodles for our spaghetti sauce, and I was unsure about the cooking part. Question answered! High five!! :)

  2. Zucchini noodles are the BOMB! This looks awesome :)

  3. Ugh – I have to get a spiralizer! It would be so perfect for my gluten free diet. And I LOVE Bolognese – this looks yummy.

  4. YES for all things Zoodles!!! So happy you jumped on the bandwagon. Can’t wait to make this!

  5. I really need to get on the spiralizing train, if nothing else for this recipe because SO. MUCH. YUM.

  6. yummy! BTW, I saw you on my Cabot email!

  7. This looks absolutely gorgeous! I love how healthy and delicious it looks. I really want a spiralizer. It looks like a lot of fun!

  8. I reallly need to get on the spiralzer train. This looks fantastic!

  9. Looks amazing! I haven’t tried the zucchini noodle idea yet but it sounds amazing. I think I will try to make this in a few weeks!

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