Instant Pot Turkey Bolognese


Kids are going back to school, and that means the hectic, weeknight rush to get dinner on the table is back on, sigh. I wanted to share one of my favorite tricks for getting my kids out of the kitchen so I can get dinner cooked quickly. Below is another family favorite, my classic Bolognese.

Since I last posted it, I’ve modified it by making it in my InstantPot, so my cook time went from 6-8 hours in a slow cooker… to 30 minutes!!! So this is a huge win for me. Again, here is a link to the video, and the recipe is below.


Instant Pot Turkey Bolognese

  • Author: Roni Proter
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 1x
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Italian


Units Scale
  • 1 lb ground dark meat turkey
  • 2 slices of bacon, sliced into small pieces
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • a generous splash of heavy cream
  • 1 cup of red wine (Cab or Zin are best)
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 lb pasta – like spaghetti or linguini
  • parmesan cheese to taste


  1. In the InstantPot, fry the bacon in a pan until slightly crispy.
  2. Add the turkey and the celery, carrots, garlic and onion to the pot and cook for 5 minutes, breaking up the meat into small pieces. It doesn’t have to be cooked all the way, just browned and broken into small pieces.
  3. Add the crushed tomatoes, dried oregano and thyme and red wine.
  4. Place the top on the InstantPot to secure and cook on manual for 20 minutes.
  5. Release the steam valve, and stir in a good slug of heavy cream.
  6. Scoop sauce on top of pasta and add fresh chopped parsley and basil and grated parmesan cheese.

Keywords: turkey, bolognese, Instant Pot

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