Healthy Turkey Ragù Recipe for Pasta

Chef Cindy Mooney , On August 29, 2022


Level: Medium

Time: 90min

Serves: 4 People

Cost: Medium

Healthy Turkey Ragù Recipe Overview

This turkey ragù sauce recipe is a slow-cooked meat stew that can be made with turkey or beef and vegetables — or even just vegetables. For this homemade turkey ragù recipe we use lean turkey to make a stew that is similar to a Bolognese sauce. You can eat this ragù recipe on its own, with polenta, couscous, or you can use this for a turkey lasagna recipe. This is made on the stovetop mainly because of the use of hamburger meat. Other types of ragout sauces can be made with other meats which would be better cooked low & slow in the oven (e.g. rabbit, better cuts of turkey, chicken, etc.)

Kitchen Tools For This Lean Turkey Ragù Recipe:

  • Large deep skillet with lid or large saucepan with lid

  • Knife and cutting board

  • Wooden spoon

Tools For This turkey  Ragù Recipe.

Tukey Ragù Recipe Cooking Tools

Turkey Ragù Sauce Recipe Ingredients:

  • Carrot – 1 cup shredded

  • Bay leaves – 2 (optional)

  • Salt – 1 teaspoon

  • Paprika – 2 teaspoons (optional)

  • Garlic – 2 garlic cloves, minced (optional)

  • Turkey Lean – 2 lbs

How to Make turkey ragù Sauce.

turkey ragù sauce recipe Ingredients

  • Pepper – 1/2 teaspoon

  • Onion – 2 cups white onions (small dice)

  • Celery – 1 cup chopped (small dice)

  • Oil – 2 tablespoons for sautéing

  • Tomato – 1 28 oz can San Marzano tomatoes (see below for more info)

How to Prepare This Homemade ragù Sauce Recipe:

  1. Dice the onion, celery and shred the carrot.

  2. mince veggies for this spaghetti ragù recipe

    Mince Veggies For This ragù Sauce Recipe.

  3. Add the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic and sauté until the onions are translucent and the carrots begin to caramelize (turn brown). Add the salt, pepper and paprika and blend well.

    mince veggies for this turkey ragùrecipe

    Mince Veggies For this Spaghetti ragù Sauce Recipe.

  4. Add the meat and cook until it starts to brown.

  5. turkey spaghetti ragù sauce homemade

    Restaurant Quality Turkey Ragù Sauce.

  6. Add the tomatoes, bay leaves. Stir well and cover. Keep heat on medium, stirring occasionally for about 30 minutes.

  7. Set aside to cool. Use this for layering into a classic ragù sauce or saving in the refrigerator for up to one week.

    turkey spaghetti ragù sauce homemade

    Voilà. Restaurant quality ragù.

Common Questions About How to Make A Classic Ragù Recipe at Home

How do I store my classic turkey ragù sauce when ready? Keep your turkey ragù sauce covered in the refrigerator for 1 to 3 days. Or, wrap tightly in foil or transfer to an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating. Reheat in the oven or microwave until warmed through. If it was frozen, leave the foil on while baking and remove just at the end so the cheese can get brown and bubbly.

What can I use my classic turkey sauce on? Use your spaghetti ragù sauce recipe over a pasta dish, or use it as a delicious turkey ragù sauce for turkey lasagna recipe.

What tomato do I use for this spaghetti ragù sauce recipe? San Marzano tomatoes are of the highest quality. These tomatoes have a sweeter flavor and lower acidity, but you can easily substitute your favorite brand instead.

Chef Cindy Mooney

With a personal mission to spread the good name of nutrition through mouthwatering recipes, Chef Cindy's philosophy around nutrition is deeply rooted in food as medicine. In the kitchen, she offers a conscious, restorative, and functional approach to cooking; an approach she has cultivated during her years working in farm-to-table restaurants.