This is a bariatric-friendly Bolognese recipe that is made with turkey instead of beef. It is particularly weight-loss and WLS friendly because it is high in protein and low in saturated fat. It was developed for my book ‘Return to Slender … after weight-loss surgery’ and has become something of a family favourite.

turkey bolognese

Needless to say it is great with pasta if you can tolerate it but just as good eaten simply as it stands or with a little mashed potato.


1. Spray a large non-stick pan with low-fat cooking spray. Add the onion and cook over a gentle heat for 2-3 minutes to soften.

2. Increase the heat, add the turkey mince and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring and breaking up any lumps.

3. Add the garlic, carrots, tomatoes, tomato puree, water, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, if used, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 45-50 minutes, until cooked and tender.

4. Serve hot with freshly cooked spaghetti and lightly dusted with Parmesan cheese if liked.

* suitable for freezing

Calories: 256
Protein: 32.3 g
Carbohydrates: 10.8
Fat: 9.4 g