Trader Joe’s TURKEY BOLOGNESE “just sauce”


Turkey Bolognese sauce – You can serve this sauce with PAPPARDELLE noodles (best) but it would work with any pasta. or gnocchi. This is “just sauce” as opposed to another frozen version TJ’s has which comes with noodles and sauce. It’s a “Bolognese” style tomato based sauce (ragu) made with ground turkey instead of pork or beef. $3.29 (12 oz). You can have a dinner for two for about five bucks with this sauce and the Pappardelle noodles ($2) or for about four bucks if you just buy regular pasta ($1).

I tried this making this TJ’s “Just Sauce” along with TJ’s PAPPARDELLE noodles (which BTW are really good). Now as I am a pretty good cook on occasion I’ll make a homemade Bolognese sauce. So for comparison, lets be fair and say my own homemade turkey bolognese sauce is better that this. Not that’s out of the way, TJ’s Turkey Bolognese sauce is not bad. It’s OK, if nothing special. Obviously this is convenient and easy which is it’s main selling point. Its a bit bland for me for one thing. So if you get this sauce you can – and should, fix this sauce up a little bit with adding a few things to it: some garlic and Italian herbs and spices, good olive oil and of course some Parmesan or Pecorino, after defrosting. Simmer it for a few minutes with the additions. Oh and be sure to finish cooking the noodles in the sauce for the last minute or two so they can absorb the sauce a bit. This translates into if the package says “cook 7 minutes or till al dente” you pull it one or two minutes before, toss in a pan with maybe a ladle or two of this sauce and cook it on low until the noodles are done till al dente or to your preferred liking. Then top with a little sauce and cheese. As shown below you can see the pappardelle have absorbed some of the sauce.

I would encourage you to try your hand sometime at making this sauce yourself. Here’s an “easy version” I came up with. Really, it’s easy, cheap and will taste way better of course.

RECIPEFAST & EASY TURKEY BOLOGNESE: Brown a pound of ground turkey (optionally you can use ground beef, or mix of 1/2 pound each ground beef and pork, or Impossible burger for that matter). Sauté on high heat in a tablespoon of EVOO. Once the meat is browned well, add 4 cloves of garlic (crushed), 1/2 a chopped onion (optional: a grated carrot) and turn down to medium heat. Add a spoon of wine, balsamico or just water to deglaze the bottom of the pan scraping up any bits. Saute on low covered for about 3 minutes then add a can of ROASTED TOMATOES (with or without chiles). Rinse out the the can 1/2 way full with milk. Add that in. Add a tablespoon of TOMATO PASTE if you have it. Season to taste with salt, pepper and Italian herbs. Simmer on low for 20 minutes. Serve the sauce with a hearty noodle like Pappardelle.

Another one here….

Update (Aug 2022) FYI, someone left a Comment that this product has been discontinued…..?

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cheryl A Pringle
    Aug 25, 2022 @ 14:46:32

    How can I order this sauce online? You are no longer carrying in the store I shop at.



  2. jeff heft
    Aug 28, 2022 @ 14:38:00

    How do you post something about a (WONDERFUL) product and then discontinue it THE SAME MONTH?!?! Ironic or just plain cruel?



  3. Soraya
    Aug 29, 2022 @ 17:09:41

    So it is discontinued?? Was my favorite thing ever at Trader Joe’s 😦



  4. Neal
    Aug 29, 2022 @ 17:36:15

    The man stocking the freezer section today told me that “Just Sauce” has been discontinued. I’m very disappointed. It was one of the best and handiest things to have in my freezer.



  5. Jan Okamoto
    Oct 04, 2022 @ 18:15:01

    Why TJs? Why!😭



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