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Slow Cooker Turkey Bolognese Sauce

A lighter version of a classic recipe, Bolognese sauce. This Slow Cooker Turkey Bolognese Sauce is made with ground turkey and slowly cooks in the crockpot for maximum flavor! Serve over pasta, zucchini noodles, or polenta. The sauce can be frozen for up to three months.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: ground turkey, meat sauce, slow-cooker
Servings: 6
Author: Lora


  • Slow cooker


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 carrots peeled finely chopped (~ 1 cup)
  • 2 celery stalks finely chopped (~ 1 cup)
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup red wine leave out for Whole30
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 28- ounce can San Marzano plum tomatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • a few sprigs fresh basil-for garnish


  • Heat oil in a large saute pan on medium. Add carrots, celery, onion. Saute until onions are translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add ground turkey to pan and cook until no longer pink, breaking up pieces. Add the spices.
  • Add red wine and continue cooking until there is no more liquid in the pan. Add the tomatoes breaking them up a little with your wooden spoon. Add salt and pepper. Cook for about 2 minutes.
  • Spoon the sauce into the crockpot. Add a bay leaf.
  • Cook for 6-7 hours on low. I always check my sauce and stir it a little. If after a couple hours it seems too thick, you could thin it out a little with a bit of water.
  • Serve with your favorite cooked pasta or veggie noodle (we love it with baked spaghetti squash and also gnocchi!).


You can substitute red wine with white wine. You could also sub it with chicken or beef broth (and even veggie broth).