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Creamy spaghetti with turkey and tarragon recipe

Creamy spaghetti with turkey and tarragon recipe

48 ratings

If you're craving a big bowl of pasta, then you really can't go wrong with this summery take on traditional spaghetti Bolognese. With turkey mince to make it a little lighter and a gorgeous crème fraîche, mustard and tarragon sauce, this easy recipe is truly delicious. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 10 mins to prepare and 15 mins to cook
  • 596 calories / serving
  • Freezable


  • 300g spaghetti
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 500g pack turkey thigh mince
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 150ml white wine
  • 300ml half-fat crème fraîche
  • 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • handful tarragon, leaves roughly chopped, plus extra to serve
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
If you haven't got spaghetti, try using linguine instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    18g 25%
  • Saturates

    9g 45%
  • Sugars

    10g 12%
  • Salt

    0.8g 13%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 65.2g Protein 41.9g Fibre 3g


  1. Cook the spaghetti in a large pan of boiling salted water following the packet instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add the mince, shallots and garlic and cook for 8-10 mins, until the meat is browned and the shallots are softened. Stir in the wine and leave to bubble for 2 mins.
  3. Reduce the heat and stir in the crème fraîche and mustard. Cook for 1-2 mins, then add the tarragon, lemon zest and juice.
  4. Drain the spaghetti and tip into the pan; toss until coated in the sauce. To serve, divide between 4 plates and scatter over the extra tarragon.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

Freeze sauce only – cook as instructed and allow to cool completely. Then transfer to an airtight, freezer-safe container, seal and freeze for up to 1-3 months. To serve, defrost thoroughly in the fridge overnight before reheating. To reheat and serve, place on medium heat, stirring occasionally until the dish is heated through, and continue with recipe.

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