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Quick and Easy Ground Turkey Meat Sauce

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A quick and easy weeknight meat sauce made with ground turkey instead of beef and the result is just as delicious! Serve this healthy, hearty sauce with your favorite pasta!

Ingredients:

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How to make This Tasty Turkey Meat Sauce:

brown the ground turkey meat.

BROWN IT: In a large pot over medium high heat, add olive oil. Once oil is heated, add turkey meat. Cook until all the water has evaporated from the meat and it starts to brown.

add spices to the ground turkey meat.

SPICE IT: Once brown, add garlic to the pot, stirring and cooking for a minute. Add oregano, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

add wine to deglaze the pot.

DEGLAZE IT: Pour in the wine to deglaze the pan. Deglazing will help remove all of the tasty brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. If you prefer, beef or chicken stock can be used instead of wine. Water is also an option if stock is not available. The goal is to release all of those caramelized bits at the bottom of the pan.

reduce the wine by cooking it down.

RE-WET IT: Once the pot is deglazed, reduce the wine (or stock / water) until the pan starts to look dry again. The alcohol will burn off in the process of cooking, so no need to worry about using it. Once the wine is reduced, add water, beef base (I like using Better Than Bouillon brand) and reduce the liquid that’s in the pot to half. Why beef base? Well, in an effort to cut down on red meat, we use lots of turkey instead. Adding the beef base gives the turkey meat a little extra meatiness that it’s missing. If you prefer, a cup of beef stock can be added instead of the beef base.

add the pasta sauce and cook down.

SAUCE IT: Add your favorite pasta sauce and stir to combine. Place a lid on the pot, leaving it slightly opened. Simmer for 15 minutes or so, reducing a bit to thicken. Taste and adjust for salt and pepper.

chop the basil and add it to the sauce.

CHIFFONADE IT: Once your sauce has thickened, turn off stove and remove pot from burner. Then add chopped basil and stir to incorporate. The basil can be chopped, ripped or chiffonade (which is a fancy way of cutting into thin long strips). I like the thin long strips of basil in my sauce because it looks pretty and by cutting into strips, the basil gets distributed equally and the fibers of the leaves are cooked/heated evenly in the sauce, allowing each bite to have a bit of basil in it.

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Serve with your favorite pasta, topped with a healthy serving of Parmesan cheese and warm garlic bread to mop up any remaining sauce.

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Quick and Easy Ground Turkey Meat Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A quick and easy weeknight meat sauce made with ground turkey instead of beef and the result is just as delicious! Serve this healthy, hearty sauce with your favorite pasta!

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs ground turkey meat
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5-6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 tablespoon beef base
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 jar pasta sauce (24 oz)
  • 1/2 cup chopped basil
  • Serve with pasta and Parmesan cheese

Instructions

    1. In a large pot over medium high heat, add olive oil. Once oil is heated, add turkey meat. Cook until all the water has evaporated from the meat and it starts to brown.
    2. Once brown, add garlic to the pot, stirring and cooking for a minute. Add oregano, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
    3. Pour in the wine to deglaze the pan. Deglazing will help remove all of the tasty brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. If you prefer, beef or chicken stock can be used instead of wine.
    4. Once the pot is deglazed, reduce the wine (or stock / water) until the pan starts to look dry again. The alcohol will burn off in the process of cooking, so no need to worry about using it. Once the wine is reduced, add water, beef base and reduce the liquid that's in the pot to half. If you prefer, a cup of beef stock can be added instead of the beef base.
    5. Add your favorite pasta sauce and stir to combine. Place a lid on the pot, leaving it slightly opened. Simmer for 15 minutes or so, reducing a bit to thicken. Taste and adjust for salt and pepper.
    6. Once your sauce has thickened, turn off stove and remove pot from burner. Then, add chopped basil and stir to incorporate.

Notes

Serve with your favorite pasta, topped with a healthy serving of Parmesan cheese and warm garlic bread to mop up any remaining sauce.

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