Gluten-Free Turkey Bolognese

Sept. 8, 2015  |   Brooks Halliday
Bowl of Spaghetti Bolognese
45 min

If you’re a gluten-free Italian food lover – or cooking for someone who has a gluten sensitivity – this might become your new favorite weeknight meal. Get all the rich, slow-simmered flavor of traditional Bolognese sauce in a fraction of the time. Who says comfort food can’t be gluten-free?



  1. In a large pot warm 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot, celery, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper and bay leaves. Sauté until vegetables are softened and fragrant, about 8 minutes.
  2. Add garlic and oregano, cook for another 2 minutes.
  3. Add turkey and cook, stirring occasionally, until cooked through and starting to brown, about 10 minutes, season with salt and a bit of pepper.
  4. Add marinara to pan and stir to combine. Simmer over low heat for 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook pasta according to package directions – stop cooking when it is al dente and drain.
  6. Remove bay leaves from the sauce and discard. Toss cooked noodles in warm sauce. Garnish with basil and serve.

About the author

Brooks Halliday

Brooks Halliday

Brooks Halliday is a food stylist, writer and recipe developer based in New York City. She's had a hand in making good looking food for magazines, cookbooks, packaging, print ads, commercials and television. Together with healthy eating guru Candice Kumai, she's co-developed recipes for the cookbook Cook Yourself Sexy, as well as for magazines and numerous food and household product brands. Before following her heart and stomach to culinary school, Brooks was a Capitol Hill press secretary and spokesperson for a national nonprofit organization. These days, when she's not on set or in the test kitchen, Brooks can usually be found in her own kitchen cooking for her handsome fiance and two unusually epicurean cats.