Summer Bolognese

*This post for Summer Bolognese first appeared on June 16th, 2009. I updated the recipe and reshot the photographs. This is a go to pasta recipe that I LOVE because it packs in all the flavors of summer and comes out light, bright and flavorful. The text below is original and back when I was 27 and apparently didn’t understand technology. How is 35 year old Brandy more tech savvy than 27 year old Brandy?


This summer Bolognese is packed full of fresh pasta, tomatoes, basil, zucchini, white wine and ground turkey. It’s light and flavorful and perfect for summer. Plus it’s ready in just 25 minutes!

This summer Bolognese is packed full of fresh pasta, tomatoes, basil, zucchini, white wine and ground turkey. It's light and flavorful and perfect for summer. Plus it's ready in just 25 minutes!

{Pictures updated July 2017}

Don’t you just love when you get something new? I recently got a new cell phone and it’s giving me all the feels! Until I realize I’m not smart enough to actually use the phone.  When did cell phones become so hard to use? I’m only 27 and sometimes I feel so out of touch with technology. I remember my very first cell phone. It was large and clunky (not as bad as the Zach Morris phone) and I loved it. I felt so grown up having that phone.

I had a whopping 500 day minutes and 500 night minutes and I never even used all the minutes. Now I have a phone that can take pictures, sync to my iTunes, access my Facebook, check my email and a million more features I have yet to discover.  I have a phone plan that gives me unlimited everything and on average talk 3000 minutes a month and send 500 text messages. Just to let you all know when I wrote that out I realized how horrible that sounds. I talk 3000 minutes a month! Good grief. I need to learn a hobby STAT!

This summer Bolognese is packed full of fresh pasta, tomatoes, basil, zucchini, white wine and ground turkey. It's light and flavorful and perfect for summer. Plus it's ready in just 25 minutes!

So while I’m trying to figure out this cool new phone I decided to keep my new trend going and try a new summer pasta recipe.  Talk about delicious!!! It’s light, easy to make and full of fresh veggies and tons of basil.  I think this summer bolognese truly does look like summer.  I also love that it’s made with ground turkey so it’s a bit healthier than ground beef.

This summer Bolognese is packed full of fresh pasta, tomatoes, basil, zucchini, white wine and ground turkey. It's light and flavorful and perfect for summer. Plus it's ready in just 25 minutes!

Looking for more pasta in your life? Try my Pesto Chicken Caprese Pastaspicy pork noodle bowl, zucchini tomato kale pasta, Italian Sausage and Kale PastaOne Pot Cheddar Cajun Pork Pasta or my spring vegetable pappardelle.


Summer Bolognese

This summer Bolognese is packed full of fresh pasta, tomatoes, basil, zucchini, white wine and ground turkey. It's light and flavorful - perfect for summer.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes per batch

Total Time: 25 minutes per batch


  • 12 ounces fresh fettuccine
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-1/2 pounds tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 small zucchini, coarsely grated
  • 3/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn or chopped


Cook the pasta according to the package directions.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the turkey and season with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Cook, breaking up the turkey with a spoon, for 3 minutes.

Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and wine and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the turkey is cooked through and the sauce has slightly thickened, 4 to 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and fold in the zucchini and basil. Serve over the pasta

Original photos:

Summer Bolognese by Nutmeg NannySummer Bolognese by Nutmeg Nanny

34 Responses to “Poblano Macaroni and Cheese”

  1. #
    Erica — September 10, 2011 at 4:11 am

    I totally want to make thjs on a sunday for football!

  2. #
    Angie@Angiesrecipes — September 10, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Such a comforting and flavourful dish!

  3. #
    Barbara | Creative Culinary — September 10, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I just got a nice smoker that I’ve been eyeing and I’m dying to make some macaroni and cheese and smoke it…this sounds perfect. I make a stovetop green chili mac and cheese so I know how great they are with poblano peppers…now though? I’m smoking!

  4. #
    Kim - Liv Life — September 10, 2011 at 10:58 am

    My husband and I have a vacation planned in a few weeks and he as sworn off all carbs! However… this mac and cheese would do him in. You have all his favorite flavors here and I’m thinking he wouldn’t be able to resist. In all fairness to his diet… I think I may just print it and save for after the trip, something to chase away the post vacation blues.

    Love it!

  5. #
    vianney/ sweet life — September 10, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    “rocked my mac and cheese purist mind!!” glad you enjoyed it!!

  6. #
    Maris — September 10, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    This looks so creamy and delicious! I made mac and cheese last week otherwise I would absolutely be making some with the poblano chiles I have in the fridge!

  7. #
    Heather @girlichef — September 10, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Pass that beautiful skillet of goodness my way! This is hands-down my favorite mac n cheese. 😀

  8. #
    Kirsten — September 10, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    This sounds amazing! I can’t wait to make it. Thanks for sharing!

  9. #
    5 Star Foodie — September 10, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    This mac and cheese sounds so flavorful, very tasty with roasted poblanos!

  10. #
    Cakelaw — September 10, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    This looks delicious! Mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food – I sadly even love the Kraft version in a box.

  11. #
    Leslie @ La Cocina de Leslie — September 11, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    This macaroni “rocked my mac n cheese purist mind” too!!! Oh how I wish I had some of this creamy, dreamy and cheesy goodness! 🙂

    Beautiful photos, BTW. 🙂

  12. #
    Joanne — September 11, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    I’m pretty much a mac and cheese purist also…but seeing all these poblano mac and cheeses makes me think I need to rethink my ways! WANT

  13. #
    Deb in Hawaii — September 11, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    I love how great your mac ‘n cheese looks in the skillet–just perfect. This recipe was a wonderful combination of flavors–I really enjoyed it too. 😉

  14. #
    Erin @ EKat's Kitchen — September 11, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    This rocked my mac n cheese world too! I am glad you loved it. 😉

  15. #
    Raina — September 12, 2011 at 7:59 am

    I love mac and cheese, and this sounds wonderful with all of those wonderful flavors, especially the peppers:)

  16. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — September 12, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    mmmm I’m always looking for new mac n cheese recipes – hubs would love the poblano addition to this one!

  17. #
    Miz Helen — September 13, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Your Mac N Cheese looks so delicious. I want to make that recipe very soon. Congratulations, the ring is beautiful! Hope you are having a great week and thanks for sharing. It has been fun cooking with you!
    Miz Helen

  18. #
    Jessica / Green Skies and Sugar Trips — September 14, 2011 at 11:44 am

    I am a macaroni purist as well, but this looks amazing!!! I MUST try this ASAP!!!!! (as in this weekend) I think it would go great with steak!

  19. #
    grace — September 16, 2011 at 4:54 am

    hooray for mustard, chiles, and cilantro! the only thing missing for me is pepper jack–that’s a must-have in my mac and cheese, and it fits the rest of the recipe! 🙂

  20. #
    Amanda L. — September 29, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Found this on Pintrest. Made it tonight. It might be the best mac and cheese I have ever eaten, hand to God. Next time I will add bacon and make it a meal if we can handle that much cheesy excitement around here.
    Thank you!

  21. #
    Lori — September 30, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Re cotija cheese…what did you use instead? Isn’t that just cottage cheese in Spanish?

  22. #
    Becca — October 2, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Question.. Where you say to bake it for 20 minutes do you mean pop it in the oven? Or cook it on the stovetop for 20 minutes?

    Looks delicious.. the recipe made my mouth water!

    • admin replied: — October 2nd, 2011 @ 5:16 pm

      Bake in the oven….I will clarify this in the directions…thanks 🙂

  23. #
    Taco Tuesday — December 29, 2011 at 11:40 am

    I have an entire recipe folder dedicated to mac n cheese recipes and this one is going in! My top two are leek / manchego mac n cheese and Beecher’s … but I have a feeling this one will also fall into the favorites category!

  24. #
    Bailey — November 16, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Thought you might like to know:

    “For soft cotija substitute Feta cheese. For the aged cotija, substitute Parmesan cheese.”

    Read more from

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    Andrea — February 27, 2013 at 2:51 am

    Delicious! For substitutions I used wheat pasta and Tillamook cheddar, and wished I would have thrown in some rotisserie chicken. Though I accidentally put all of the cheese in at once, it was still good. Thanks for the recipe!

  26. #
    Debbie — March 6, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Substitutions made based on what I had but the ratio/measurements stayed the same: 2% milk instead of whole, chipotle instead of cayenne powder, ½ white cheddar & ½ pepper jack cheese, dried cilantro instead of fresh, parmesan instead of cotija. I added a little panko bread crumbs to the remaining cheese that went on top and that came out nice. When removed from oven I sprinkled the parmesan on top. My cilantro measurement dry vs fresh was way off (4Tbsp) so next time I will add 1Tbsp at a time or get fresh. I could have boiled the pasta a little longer (5 minutes) and next time maybe some crumbled cooked bacon mixed in would be nice. Keeper and will try again.


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