Turkey Bolognese with Quinoa Veggie Pasta

I am a pasta addict.  I fight it and I win for awhile but I always fall back onto my bad ways.  Well, no more!  I finally got my hands on some quinoa pasta and it’s awesome!  I cooked it up with some ribbons of zucchini and carrot and this dish of yumminess was born!

Turkey Bolognese with Quinoa Veggie Pasta

I love that you can enjoy a generous bowl of this and still enjoy that ‘clean’ feeling afterwards.  You can’t get that with regular pasta and this is packed with nutrition.

I came up with this idea after chatting with my friend, Linda, while she was planning her next fabulous dinner party. We were talking pasta and I immediately started thinking of ways to make it healthier.  I’ve got a seafood pasta casserole brewing in my head as well and hope to bring that to you soon.  Thanks for the inspiration, Linda!

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The carrot and zucchini ribbons are simply made with your every day potato peeler.  Just peel from top to bottom of your veggie while keeping it flat.  You can make them wide or narrow, your choice.  Pop the ribbons in with the pasta in the last minute of cooking – it’s that easy!

I did not include tomato paste in my recipe but if you like yours a little thicker, feel free.  I am not a fan of tomato paste and unless someone is twisting my arm, I usually leave it out.  I used fresh herbs in this but if you don’t have fresh basil or oregano this is one of those rare occasions that I’ll give you a pass.   But just this once!  Fresh parsley on top is a must though.

If you want this gluten-free, be sure to get fresh parmesan and not the pre-shredded stuff because they will often included modified starch to prevent it from sticking together.

I hope you love this dish as much as I do and if you make it, I’d love it if you’d share your pics with me at #simplyfreshdinners on Instagram or Twitter.  Cheers!


Clean Eating Turkey Bolognese
Author: Robyn
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Serves: 6 persons
  • 12 ounces quinoa spaghetti noodles
  • 2 medium sized carrots, peeled into ribbons
  • 1 large zucchini, peeled into ribbons
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 pound extra lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped (11/2 teaspoons, dried)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped (11/2 teaspoons, dried)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 28 oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • small handful of fresh parsley, chopped
  1. Heat oil in large saucepan and saute onion, pepper, garlic and celery until soft; 5-6 minutes. Add turkey, basil, oregano, salt and pepper and cook until turkey is no longer pink. Add tomatoes and reduce heat to a simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. While sauce is simmering cook quinoa spaghetti according to package instructions. Add zucchini and carrot ribbons to pot for one minute at end. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water before draining. Rinse with cold water and set aside.
  3. Add pasta and ribbons to bolognese sauce and simmer covered for 3-4 minutes. Remove lid and plate individually. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley.

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  • Reply
    November 2, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Sounds delicious, Robyn! I haven’t ventured into quinoa pasta yet. We’ve gone to whole grain pasta instead of regular pasta. I’m sure this recipe would be great on that too. And your photos are fabulous! Have a great week!
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    Bam's Kitchen
    November 2, 2015 at 9:08 am

    What a brilliant idea to add the crisp veggies just at the end of the pasta cooking process. I am all for some new delicious and healthy ways to serve up pasta. I actually make my boys my gluten free pasta all the time and they don’t even mind. Quinoa pasta is so much better than rice pasta. Have you ever added rice pasta to your pan and it just disappears… or disintegrates? I know my boys would love your delicious and nutritious dish.

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      November 3, 2015 at 8:29 am

      I love the look of the ribbons,Bobbi, and now I try to incorporate them into everything, lol. I’m sold on the quinoa pasta and I agree, the rice pasta is just yucky. I was on it for awhile but then I started to realize it seemed tasteless! I know my nephews will love this because they called me after they saw it on IG, lol.

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    anita rivera
    November 2, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Hello my friend!!!! I have never had quinoa ever so this is gluten free? I love pasta too but the sticky and heavy nature of it is simply not good for the digestion! The pictures are so inviting and gorgeous!

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      November 3, 2015 at 8:26 am

      I think you would really enjoy quinoa, Anita, and it’s so versatile. I use it in so many things now and it’s super good for you! Thanks for your kind words, friend. I’m struggling with my shots these days!!

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    November 2, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Hi Robyn, love how you make everyday dishes so healthy, love your new look
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      November 3, 2015 at 8:25 am

      Thanks so much, Cheri. I don’t want to give up the comfort foods! Now I must check out your Apple Napoleons. I cannot get enough of apples at this time of year.

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    Amy | Club Narwhal
    November 3, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Robyn, this bowl looks GLORIOUS! I need to get my hands on some quinoa pasta (I’m also a pasta addict). I got a hand spiralizer for Whole 30 and have been using it non stop. Can’t wait to make this gorgeous dish!
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      November 4, 2015 at 8:03 am

      Awwh, you are too sweet, Amy, thank you! I was so thrilled to find this because I’m not willing to give up my addiction, lol.
      I love the spiralizer too and often turn my veggies into pasta but this is a s special treat! So glad you enjoyed it!
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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    November 4, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Pasta addict here, too. Didn’t know about quinoa pasta — gotta try that. This is such a great dish — really tasty. And healthy! Thanks so much.
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    Angela @marathonsandmotivation.com
    November 6, 2015 at 6:54 am

    This looks delicious, can’t wait to give it a try!!

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    November 8, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Robyn, you are so welcome. Sorry I am just getting over here. This pasta looks amazing and so colorful. Healthy and so good! I love pasta too and I think most people do too. I guess you didn’t get your spiralizer back…..LOL Loving your new look and of course the beautiful photography. Love you lots from W.W. xo
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    November 13, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Really delicious!
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    November 13, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    This is a beautiful, colorful and healthy dish 🙂 Your site is lovely with gorgeous photos. Will be back to peruse.
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    Ramona W
    November 13, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    I love low carb dishes like this and your quinoa and veggie pasta has really inspired me. 🙂 I am definitely giving zucchini ribbons a try. 🙂
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    Shashi at RunninSrilankan
    November 14, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    I simply LOVE the crisp veggie ribbons added into this dish – not only do they make for a fresh and healthy take, but they add so much texture too – and I adore texture! 🙂
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    November 16, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Looks so fresh and healthy! Definitely will try it 🙂 I have never used quinoa spaghetti noodles I’m sure I will love it!
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    Joy @ Joy Love Food
    November 17, 2015 at 9:19 am

    This looks so good with all the veggies, I’m going to have to get my hands on some of that quinoa pasta, sounds great!
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