Classic Turkey Ragu Recipe


This recipe by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough was originally published in The Kitchen Shortcut Bible, and edited for WW magazine with permission.

Total Time: 40 min Prep: 20 min Cook: 20 min Serves: 4 Difficulty: Easy

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  • cooking spray: 2 spray(s)
  • minced onion: 2 cup(s)
  • uncooked carrot(s): 1 cup(s), minced
  • garlic clove(s): 2 medium clove(s), minced
  • uncooked 99% fat-free ground turkey breast: 1 pound(s)
  • Italian seasoning: 2½ tsp
  • red pepper flakes: 1 pinch
  • kosher salt: 1 tsp, or adjust as neceesary
  • canned low-sodium chicken broth: ¾ cup(s)
  • canned tomato puree: 24 oz, with no added salt
  • balsamic vinegar: 1 tsp, high quality
  • plain fat free Greek yogurt: 1 Tbsp
  • fresh parsley: 1 Tbsp, or basil, chopped (for garnish)


  1. Coat a large Dutch oven with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, garlic, turkey, Italian seasoning, hot pepper flakes and salt; sauté, stirring frequently, until vegetables begin to soften, 5 minutes.
  2. Add broth; stir and continue to cook until turkey is no longer pink and cooked through. Stir in pureed tomato; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for flavors to blend, 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in vinegar and yogurt; season to taste, if desired, and garnish with parsley or basil.
  4. Serving size: 1 ¼ c


Serving suggestion – serve each portion of sauce over 2 oz cooked bucatini.