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Meat sauce on top of spaghetti squash on a white plate-top view

My Favorite Turkey Meat Sauce

  • Author: Gitta
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1 cup servings 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Italian


This is a thick and flavorful meat sauce.  An added bonus it's easy to make!  


  • 1/4 cup olive oil or other cooking oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey ((ground beef can be substituted))
  • 1 pound ground turkey Italian sausage ((Pork Italian sausage can be substituted))
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions, (1/4" cubes)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup green or red chopped pepper, (diced into 1/4" cubes)
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • 2 tsp dried sweet basil
  • 1 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • 2 each bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup red wine (optional)
  • 3/4 cup water


  1. Pour oil in a dutch oven (or pan that can hold 3-4 quarts of liquid).  Heat oil over medium heat.  Add turkey and turkey Italian sausage.  Stir the meat with a wooden spoon to break it into smaller pieces.  Cook until meat is no longer pink, stirring occasionally. 
    Ground turkey cooking in a pan
  2. Add onions, garlic, and diced peppers.   Cook for 2 minutes.
    Cooked Turkey meat with onions, garlic and pepper in a pan.
  3. Season sauce with Worcestershire sauce, oregano leaves, sweet basil, thyme leaves, bay leaves, and red pepper flakes.  
    Spices on top of cooked spaghetti in a pan
  4. Stir crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, red wine and water into the pan.
    Tomato sauce, tomato paste, canned tomatoes, bay leaf and wine on top of meat in a pan
  5. Cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes.  If the sauce is too thick, add enough water to achieve the consistency you like.


This recipe is adapted from


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 51
  • Sugar: 2.8 g
  • Sodium: 307.9 mg
  • Fat: 2.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7 g
  • Protein: 0.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg