Turkey Bolognese Zucchini Pasta

4.42 stars average

A lighter version of the Italian classic, this turkey bolognese has all of the rich, meaty flavors you crave served over a bed of guilt-free zucchini pasta.

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes

Turkey Bolognese

A lighter version of the Italian classic, this turkey bolognese has all of the rich, meaty flavors you crave served over a bed of guilt-free zucchini pasta.

Turkey Bolognese Zucchini Pasta by The Lemon Bowl

If you love pasta just as much as you love fitting into your skinny jeans, I have a treat for you! The amazingly talented Ali from Inspiralized has just released her first eBook and I am thrilled to be giving away a copy to one of my lucky readers!

eBook Giveaway - The Lemon Bowl

You may remember Ali from when I shared her Tomato Sweet Potato Noodles with Roasted Artichokes and Chicken Recipe recently. Her eBook, Inspiralized: The Ultimate Guide to Spiralized Cooking, is full of more incredible ways to turn your favorite fruits and vegetables into noodles.

Spiralizer - The Lemon Bowl

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, don’t feel bad – I literally just got my hands on my first spiralizer last month! This handy kitchen tool literally turns anything from zucchini to sweet potatoes to beets into the most glorious noodles, minus the carbs and gluten. Whether you want to cut calories, eat more veggies, suffer from Celiac disease, or simply want to have a little more fun at mealtime, this device is for you!

Recipe Index - The Lemon Bowl

Ali’s eBook walks you through everything you need to know about how to make the most out of the spiralizer with plenty of photos to make it easy to understand. My mouth was literally watering as I read through her recipes. I can’t wait to try all of her recipes but a few of my favorites include:

  • Carrot-Miso Ginger Cucumber Noodles with Quinoa
  • Spiced Lamb Butternut Squash Noodles with Roasted Tomatoes and Feta
  • Ginger Garlic Salmon Zucchini Noodle Bowl
  • Zucchini Spaghetti with Sriracha Fried Eggs
Turkey Bolognese

One last note: I want to assure you that the spiralizer is extremely easy to use, clean and store! Trust me, I have more kitchen appliances than a girl ever needs so I was reluctant to buy another one but it was so easy to use I am kicking myself for waiting.

Your fork is waiting.

Turkey Bolognese

Turkey Bolognese Zucchini Pasta

4.42 stars average
A lighter version of the Italian classic, this turkey bolognese has all of the rich, meaty flavors you crave served over a bed of guilt-free zucchini pasta.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 30 minutes
TOTAL: 40 minutes
Servings: 2


  • ½ cup celery (chopped)
  • ¾ cup carrots (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup red onion
  • ½ lb ground turkey
  • 1.5 tsp dried oregano (and extra for pinching)
  • cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp chopped basil
  • 3 C medium zucchinis (Blade)
  • shaved Parmesan cheese (to garnish)


  • Add your diced carrots and celery to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
  • Put a large skillet over medium heat and add in the olive oil and garlic. Cook for 30 seconds and add in the red pepper flakes, cook for another 30 seconds and then add in the onions. Cook onions for 2 minutes or until they begin to soften. Add in carrot and celery mixture and cook for 1 minute.
  • Push the veggie mixture to one side of the skillet and add in the ground turkey, crumbling the meat. Break up the meat further with a spatula or wooden spoon. Add in 1/2 tsp oregano flakes and cook the meat until it is no longer pink.
  • Combine the veggies with the turkey in the skillet. Add in the chicken broth and cook until the broth reduces.
  • Add in the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and season generously with salt and pepper. Add in the remaining oregano flakes and basil. Bring to a boil and then lower heat and let simmer for 15-20 minutes or until sauce is completely reduced.
  • Add in the zucchini pasta and mix thoroughly to combine. Cook for about 2 minutes or until zucchini softens and heats through. Plate onto dishes and garnish with Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!


Calories: 337kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 30gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 448mgPotassium: 1028mgFiber: 5gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 8615IUVitamin C: 21.1mgCalcium: 88mgIron: 2.9mg

76 thoughts on “Turkey Bolognese Zucchini Pasta”

  1. I am just learning to use butternut squash, so I would start with that recipe, and since I love sweet potatoes!

  2. I enjoy your site so much and the amazing recipes. Trying so hard to keep eating healthy – especially since my 80 yr old mom has moved in with us. This cookbook is intriguing. Pick me please!

  3. pumpkin zuccheni past with Itailian sausage. Oh this pregnant lady wants some veggies but I hate wasting them on people who don’t eat them. Maybe I can sneak them by!

  4. I saw a spiralizer not too long ago and have wanted one since! I try to limit flour in my diet as much as I can and usually roast a spaghetti squash whenever I make pasta for the family. I love it, but this would be so much fun and a great change! Such a great idea!

  5. I own a spiral veggie cutter and have decided to use it more for healthier options. I would make the avocado-basil zucchini noodles with the chile lime shrimp. Definitely sounds delicious and healthy. Hope I win so I can try all of the wonderful dishes included in your book!

  6. Spira- what? WOW who knew? I have just added the Spiralizer to my wish list.

    I love Turkey Bolognese sauce, so for sure, that is the one I would try first- I have lost over 50 pounds, and still have quite a few more to loose. Thank you so much for keeping us updated on the latest ways of becoming healthier! It makes this journey much easier ;)

  7. Yuuuuuum!!!! love this!! I actually made a turkey bolognese for my zoodles a few times already, delicious! I want to try them all but the broccoli rabe and spinach recipe is calling my name. :)

  8. Chile lime always gets me … then throw in avocado … gotta give it a go: avocado basil zucchini noodles with chili lime shrimp

  9. The lighter version – Turkey Bolognese Zucchini Pasta sounds wonderful. Just received my spiralizer a few days ago and love, love, love how it turns veggies into pasta….a win/win eating experience. Would love the ebook to help our gluten free journey!

  10. Pumpkin zucchini pasta with sweet Italian sausage- I think I’m actually drooling just thinking about it. Just got my spiralizer last week and have made zoodles 3 times already! Love it!

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