As a passionate cook and food enthusiast, I’m always looking for dishes that not only tantalize the taste buds but also cater to various dietary needs. Today’s recipe is a delightful twist on a classic Italian favorite – Bolognese sauce. However, instead of the traditional pasta, we’ll pair it with a low-carb, paleo-friendly alternative: garlic spaghetti squash. This dish is perfect for those looking for a hearty, comforting meal without the heaviness of grains. It’s packed with flavor and nutrition and will surely please paleo dieters and pasta lovers alike. Whether cooking for a family dinner or prepping for a week of healthy lunches, this Paleo Turkey Bolognese with Garlic Spaghetti Squash is a versatile and satisfying choice.

A bowl of aromatic Paleo Turkey Bolognese served over strands of garlic-infused spaghetti squash, garnished with fresh herbs. paleo turkey bolognese with garlic spaghetti squash Paleo Turkey Bolognese with Garlic Spaghetti Squash Paleo Turkey Bolognese with Garlic Spaghetti Squash 1 1024x576

Recipe: Paleo Turkey Bolognese with Garlic Spaghetti Squash


  • 1 large spaghetti squash (about 2-3 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth (preferably homemade or organic)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh basil or parsley for garnish


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Slice the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Drizzle the inside of each half with one tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place the squash cut-side on a baking sheet and roast for 40-45 minutes, or until the flesh is easily pierced with a fork.
  2. While the squash is roasting, heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the minced garlic, diced onion, chopped carrot, and celery. Sauté until the vegetables are softened, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Increase the heat to medium-high and add the ground turkey to the skillet. Cook, breaking it apart with a spoon, until the turkey is browned and cooked through.
  4. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, chicken broth, oregano, basil, and red pepper flakes. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally—season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Once the spaghetti squash is done, use a fork to scrape the insides, creating spaghetti-like strands. Toss the strands with the minced garlic for an extra boost of flavor.
  6. Serve the turkey Bolognese sauce over the prepared spaghetti squash and garnish with fresh basil or parsley.

How to Prepare:

To ensure the best texture for your spaghetti squash, avoid overcooking it. The strands should be al dente, just like traditional pasta. Allow the Bolognese sauce to simmer for enough time to develop the flavors fully. If you prefer a thicker sauce, let it simmer uncovered for a few extra minutes to reduce the liquid.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Cooking Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Kcal: Approximately 350 per serving

Kitchen Equipment Needed:

  • Baking sheet
  • Large skillet
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Fork
  • Spoon for stirring
  • Measuring cups and spoons

How to Store Leftovers:

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The Bolognese sauce can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave when ready to eat.

Food or Drink Pairings:

Pair this dish with a light, crisp salad dressed with a lemon vinaigrette to cut through the richness of the Bolognese. A glass of full-bodied red wine such as Chianti or a Merlot complements the flavors beautifully for drinks. If you prefer a non-alcoholic option, try sparkling water with a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime.


Calories: 350 | Total Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 410mg | Total Carbohydrates: 28g | Dietary Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 12g | Protein: 27g

In conclusion, this Paleo Turkey Bolognese with Garlic Spaghetti Squash offers a nutritious and delicious alternative to traditional pasta dishes. It’s a testament that eating well doesn’t have to mean sacrificing flavor or satisfaction. With this recipe, you can enjoy a classic comfort food in a way that fits your dietary preferences. Buon appetito!



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here