Saturday, January 23, 2010

Turkey meat sauce

I will admit that jarred sauce is so convenient. After a long day at work the last thing you want to do is make sauce, but if you make this sauce ahead of time not only will you have great tasting sauce, but you will also know what has gone into it.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I love to read the labels on jarred foods. I am always impressed by how many ingredients are in jarred and canned foods that I would never use. I guess that's the price that you pay for convenience. I wish I could express to you all how wonderful this recipe is, the only way that you will have a real appreciation for it, is if you try it.


1.5lbs of ground turkey
1 large onion, chopped
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves of minced garlic
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon dried basil leaves
a few steams of fresh parsley
2 (28-ounce) cans whole Italian plum tomatoes, with their juices

In a large saucepan saute the onion in the olive oil over medium-high heat until soft and lightly golden, about 4 minutes.

Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

Add ground turkey let cook until brown.

Drain fat and then add the tomato paste, salt, hot sauce, crushed red pepper, Italian seasoning, and basil, and cook for 1 minute.

Add the tomatoes, crushing with your spoon in the pan.

Stir to combine well and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a slow simmer and cook for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve over any pasta of choice and enjoy! This can also be made in the crock-pot.

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