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This homemade spaghetti sauce recipe is lightened up with ground turkey, but is so flavorful you'd never know it!
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Homemade Spaghetti Sauce with Turkey

This homemade spaghetti sauce recipe is lightened up with turkey, but is so flavorful you'd never know it!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 198kcal
Author Christy

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs. lean ground turkey
  • 2 turkey sausage links (casing removed)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 bell peppers (seeded and chopped)
  • 1 large onion chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 2 large carrots (peeled and finely minced)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. fennel seed
  • 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 28. oz. can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 2 6 oz. cans tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil
  • 2 tsp. fresh chopped oregano or 1 tsp. dried
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/2 Tbsp. sugar optional

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and peppers and cook for 2 - 3 minutes to soften.
  • Add carrots, garlic, ground turkey, and turkey sausage and cook while breaking into small pieces with a spatula. While turkey is browning, add salt, pepper, worcestershire, red pepper flakes, and fennel.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and let simmer uncovered for 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring occasionally. During the last 15 minutes of cooking time, add chopped fresh herbs. If sauce is too acidic, add sugar to taste (normally about 1/2 Tbsp.).
  • Garnish with additional chopped parsley and parmesan cheese if desired before serving over pasta.

Notes

*This is enough sauce to cover approximately two lbs. of uncooked spaghetti noodles.
*Sauce can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 1047mg | Potassium: 1079mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 3455IU | Vitamin C: 49.2mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 4.3mg