This ground turkey pasta sauce is rich, zesty, and easy to make! Just a quick prep and the sauce simmers until rich and thick.
An Easy Weeknight Meal
This saucy recipe is a family favorite.
- It’s a healthier choice made with ground turkey but ground chicken works in this recipe too.
- I love that the prep time is quick and then it’s hands off as it simmers.
- This recipe reheats (and freezes) beautifully so feel free to double the recipe.
Ingredients and Variations
GROUND TURKEY Ground turkey is the perfect lower fat protein in this meal (ground chicken works too).
VEGGIES Onion and garlic with bell pepper give the sauce a great flavor. If you have leftover roasted vegetables, toss them in!
TOMATOES Crushed tomatoes for the base, diced tomatoes for texture, and tomato paste for thickening.
HERBS Fresh herbs are added at the end of cooking for great fresh flavor. If substituting dried, reduce the amount by 2/3 and add them at least 30 minutes before serving as as the herbs will need a little bit of time to rehydrate and flavor the sauce.
How to Make Ground Turkey Pasta Sauce
Cook up this one-pot, healthy turkey recipe anytime a pasta or casserole is needed!
- Brown ground turkey, onion, and garlic in a large stockpot.
- Add remaining ingredients (per recipe below) and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer until thickened.
Serve over pasta, garnish with Parmesan cheese, and don’t forget to serve with a side of garlic toast.
Store cooled turkey pasta sauce in a covered container in the refrigerator for about 4 days. Reheat on the stovetop and serve as desired.
For batch cooking, make at least two batches and freeze in quart-sized zippered bags with the date labeled on the outside. Turkey pasta sauce will keep up to 3 months in the freezer, just long enough to get through the winter!
Ground Turkey Favorites
- Cheesy Ground Turkey Pasta – a creamy cheesy one pot pasta
- Delicious Turkey Meatloaf
- All-Purpose Turkey Meatballs
- Turkey Chili
- Juicy Turkey Burgers
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Ground Turkey Pasta Sauce
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 large onion diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 28 ounces canned diced tomatoes
- 28 ounces canned crushed tomatoes
- ¾ cup water
- 1 large green bell pepper diced
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil chopped
Brown ground turkey with onion and garlic until no pink remains. (Drain fat if needed).
Add remaining ingredients (except parsley & basil) slightly breaking up the tomatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered 1 hour or until desired consistency.
Stir in parsley & basil.
Serve over hot pasta.
Add your favorite vegetables, panfry them quickly in a little bit of oil, and let them simmer along with the sauce.
This freezes well, double (or triple) the recipe, and save extras for future meals.