Today I am sharing a recipe for Crockpot Turkey Bolognese Pasta Sauce, a simple, easy meal that can be started in the morning and left to simmer all day long. The best part about this recipe is that it can also be made ahead, and frozen.
My Italian friend tells me she lets her Bolognese Sauce simmer all day long. Traditionally, Bolognese Sauce is made with a variety of ground meat (ground beef, veal, pork). Sometimes milk is also added, and pancetta is used for flavoring. This version that I made uses lean turkey meat, and does not contain any dairy.
This is my go-to dinner on a busy day. On days when I know I will be driving the kids around right around dinnertime, I throw this Turkey Bolognese Sauce in the crockpot and let it simmer away. Sometimes I start it in the morning, sometimes not until early afternoon, but one thing is for sure, a hot dinner will be waiting for us when we walk in the door and my boys are starving. Served over whole grain or gluten-free pasta, and a simple salad, this is an easy, satisfying weeknight dinner.
Although I did saute the vegetables and brown the meat on the stove before putting it in the crockpot, I think it’s well worth the extra effort for maximum flavor. Sometimes crockpot recipes can be bland (I’ve made a meat sauce in the crockpot without any browning and was sorely disappointed), so I would definitely suggest this extra step, you won’t be disappointed.
I am entering this Crockpot Turkey Bolognese Sauce recipe into the Slow Cooker Challenge hosted by The Naptime Chef, Small Kitchen College, and Big Girls Small Kitchen this week. They are celebrating one-pot, hands-off recipes, my favorite kind of cooking on busy school nights.
More Crockpot Recipes:
Easy Crockpot Lentil Chili, Jeanette’s Healthy Living
Easy Five-Spice Braised Chicken, Jeanette’s Healthy Living
Turkey Black Bean Chili, Jeanette’s Healthy Living
Slow Cooker Green Chile Chicken, The Perfect Pantry
Sweet and Spicy Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Stew with Coconut Milk, Kalyn’s Kitchen
Vegetarian Stew with Quinoa , Butternut Squash & Coconut Milk, Cookin’ Canuck
Whole Chicken in a Slow Cooker, The Little Kitchen
This post has been linked up to Basilmomma’s Budget and Freezer Meal Link Up.