If you want a tasty way of using up some of your leftover Christmas or Thanksgiving turkey then this turkey ragu is perfect. Serve it with pasta, potatoes or rice and you can even freeze it for when you want an easy meal next month!
This turkey ragu is just slightly adapted from Jamie Oliver's Winter Ragu. I made it with turkey but you could use any leftover Christmas meat and even a mixture of meats. Unlike Jamie, I opted for dried herbs but of course you could use fresh ones. I also increased the quantities of the vegetables. They were finely diced so just cooked down into the sauce.
A great way to use up leftover turkey
This turkey ragu recipe made enough to serve 6. We ate it as soon as it was made, then again the next day and there's some in the freezer! If I was making it after Christmas I might make double the quantities depending on how much turkey we had left. I hate throwing food away and always find it difficult to get through the whole bird, even if we eat turkey for the next few days!
Of course, if you celebrate Thanksgiving then this turkey ragu would also be a great recipe to make with those turkey leftovers!
As much as we look forward to eating the turkey on Christmas Day, I find that there's only so much turkey everyone wants to eat. Then I'm stuck between not wanting to waste food and wanting to serve food that makes everyone happy.
I know there are lots of ways of using up a turkey but I find giving everyone a break and then getting the turkey meals out again later actually means we enjoy them more.
How else can you serve this turkey ragu?
If you do like Jamie Oliver and want to get his Christmas Cookbook then this turkey ragu is also the perfect filling for his cannelloni, lasagna and baked buns! I would just love this turkey ragu inside a baked bun. It would be like a mini calzone pizza, just in a bun shape. Who wouldn't want one of those?
More of Jamie Oliver's Christmas Recipes
I was extremely tempted by the jerk ham, which would be perfect if you've got guests staying and want something that could easily feed a crowd. Jamie also has leftover recipes you can make with that too! I also loved the fresh vibrant looking salads and the homemade Christmas gifts.
I've never made homemade gifts for Christmas but love the idea of it. I so wish I was super organised and made homemade pickles or sweet treats such as rocky road and honeycomb.
In reality I'm just rushing around crazily trying to get everything done by Christmas, but I dream of being a super organised domestic Christmas goddess! Maybe one day...
For now I'll just leave you with the recipe for this super easy turkey ragu. I do hope it manages to make life a little easier for you after the big day.
Leftover Turkey Ragu
- 1 red onion diced
- 2 carrots finely diced
- 2 sticks of celery finely diced
- 2 cloves of garlic crushed
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- 200 ml red wine
- 800 g tinned chopped tomatoes
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- 1 bay leaf
- 400 g leftover cooked turkey diced
- Put a little oil in a large saucepan and fry the onion, celery and carrot gently until softened. Stir in the garlic and rosemary. Cook for another minute and then pour in the wine.
- Bring it up to the boil and let it cook for a few minutes and then add the tomatoes. Half fill each empty tin with water and swirl it around before pouring into the pan as well.
- Add the turkey and bay leaf and bring to the boil then lower the heat and simmer for about 90 minutes.
- Serve with pasta, rice or potatoes.
More Recipes for Christmas or Thanksgiving Leftovers
I love to make soup with leftovers if I've got enough leftover roasted vegetables then I love this leftover roast vegetable soup.