The secret to my turkey bolognese is  . . . turkey pepperoni.  It has just enough oil in there so you don’t need to add any additional oil, and gives it a depth of flavor that the ground turkey needs.  I am trying to set myself up for success, and having a dish like this to have on hand will help me not eat like an asshole this holiday week.

I literally just bought this and realized AFTER I added it to my dish, that it’s already expired – wtf?!

Can you see the bit of oil the pepperoni releases?  That helps saute the carrots and garlic.

It’s really ready in 30 minutes, but it could simmer for a couple hours if you have the time.  It’s rich, hearty, delicious and healthy!

So you can add a bit more pasta and cheese to your dish! 😀

this is a bowl of pasta with turkey bolognese

Turkey Bolognese

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This delicious turkey bolognese only tastes as if its been simmering all day.


  • 30 slices turkey pepperoni, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 pound 99% fat free ground turkey breast
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


    1. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the pepperoni, carrots and garlic, and cook for about 5 minutes. Add in the tmoatoe paste, crushed tomatoes, beef broth, turkey breast, Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper, reduce heat to low and simmer for at least 30 minutes.
    2. Serve over your favorite pasta.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 201Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 964mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 31g

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The chili dinner at my Mom’s church was a complete success – glad I could help Momma!  Love her Julie & Julia apron – Joe, do you remember getting those at the movie theater all those years ago?!

My Mom has been going to that church probably for 45 years at least.  It’s like old home week when I go there and I love that at age 50, some of the parishioners call me “kiddo!”  Check out this cream of tartar – STAMPED with the price tag of 55 cents!  

Do you remember the grocer using that pricing stamp?

I need to be on the look out for better pots though – while some were big enough, some didn’t have a thick enough bottom, so it was a constant battle to keep them cooking, without the bottom burning.

My reward after cooking all day – chili mac!

Yesterday I met up with some of my WW Instagram buddies – Sue, Carolyn, Beth and Lauren.  Beth has been reading my blog for years – it was so nice meeting you!  And Carolyn and Sue are sisters and a hoot.  Lauren is a new follower of mine, but I love how we meet as strangers and leave as friends.  And no one got catfished!  I meant to take a better picture outside but completely forgot.  Next time!

We went to Granite City and they bring you complimentary rolls to the table – swoon!  Although Carolyn took a bite and said that they weren’t worth the points.  I did good!  Mostly healthy stuff, an indulgent biscuit and gravy, which I ate half. 

I tried smoked salmon too!

Thanks Hannah for doing my hair and makeup!  Now if you could just do this for me every day, that would be great!

Here’s to a short work week!  Are you off this week?  My brother and his family are coming into town, so that should be fun.  Lots of laughs!  

I have 3% battery on my laptop, so I’ll hit publish while I can – happy Monday friends – make it a great day!

If you like turkey, check out my best turkey meatballs.