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Emeril's Turkey Bolognese

  • Yield: 2 gallons


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 cups finely chopped onions
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 cup finely chopped carrots
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon Emerilís Italian Seasoning Mix
  • 1 tablespoon Essense
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 15-ounce cans whole tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 3 15-ounce cans tomato sauce
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup whole milk


  • In a large stockpot, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the onions to the pot and saute until soft, about 3 minutes. Stir the celery, carrots and garlic into the pot and cook until the vegetables are wilted, about 3 minutes. Add the ground turkey to the vegetables, stirring to mix and break up the meat, and cook until starting to brown and no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Season the meat with thyme, Italian seasoning, Essence and salt to taste. Add all remaining ingredients except the milk, lower the heat and simmer uncovered until thickened, about 2 – 2 1/2 hours, stirring from time to time.   Immediately prior to serving, add the milk to the sauce and stir well to incorporate.   Serve over cooked pasta, such as spaghetti or linguini.