Recipe: Leftover Turkey Bolognese You Will Actually Look Forward To

Fried Turkey, Kelly B's 101

You smoked or fried an amazing Thanksgiving turkey but still have leftovers. Now, what should you do with them? Whip up this bolognese with your remaining turkey and actually look forward to using your leftovers!


1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
1 pound turkey, shredded and cooked
3 cups marinara sauce
1/4 fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 pound noodles of your choice
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 large frying pan
1 large pot


  1. Heat up the olive oil in your pan. When it begins to sizzle, toss in the onions and garlic and sauté for about five minutes.
  2. Once your onions and garlic are sautéed, add the carrots and celery. Cook for five more minutes.
  3. Add the turkey and marinara sauce and stir for about a minute.
  4. Turn the heat down and let the mixture simmer for about 15 minutes. Check back every few minutes and give it a stir. If you want to infuse that smoky flavor we love, fire up the grill and transfer your sauce in a cast iron pot or dutch oven onto the grill for the last 10 minutes of simmering.
  5. While the sauce is simmering, bring a pot of water to a boil, and cook your noodles according to package direction.
  6. Mix the basil into your bolognese and add salt and pepper to taste. Allow the sauce to simmer over low heat.
  7. Drain your cooked noodles and place both the noodles and sauce in the pot.
  8. Sprinkle on the grated Parmesan cheese and serve.

Pro tip: If you have other leftover veggies, feel free to add them to the mix! You can add corn or green beans to give your bolognese a little extra flavor and crunch.