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!

Skinny Turkey Bolognese with Zucchini Noodles - on RachelCooks.com

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.

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 prepare the turkey Bolognese in a large high-sided skillet and then 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 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!

Healthy and fun zoodles!

I love to make noodles out of zucchini and other vegetables! Here’s a few more recipes for you:

 

Turkey Bolognese with Zucchini Noodles {gluten free}

Turkey Bolognese with Zucchini Noodles {gluten free}

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

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

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 small zucchini

Instructions

  1. In a very large, deep sauté 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 sauté (breaking up the turkey into small pieces) until turkey is cooked through and vegetables are softened.
  2. Add red pepper flakes and garlic and sauté 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.

Notes

  • This recipe can easily be made Whole30 compliant by leaving out the teaspoon of brown sugar.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 of 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 387 Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 81mg Sodium: 599mg Carbohydrates: 33g Fiber: 11g Sugar: 20g Protein: 44g
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Verdict: Love love love this turkey Bolognese. We have this for dinner often.
Husband’s take: It’s a winner in his book too!
Changes I would make: None!
Difficulty: Easy!