Turkey Pasta Sauce


A tangy, deep tomato meat sauce for pasta, made with ground turkey.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 12 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 22 mins
7 cups


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 ¼ pounds ground turkey

  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic

  • 1 ½ teaspoons red pepper flakes

  • 2 (28 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes

  • 1 cup dry white wine

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 1 tablespoon dried basil

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar, or more to taste


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and a pinch of salt; cook and stir until softened, about 5 minutes. Add turkey; cook and stir until browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic; cook for 2 minutes. Add red pepper flakes.

  2. Stir tomatoes, white wine, tomato paste, oregano, and basil into the pot. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the raw wine flavor cooks off, about 1 hour. Stir in sugar to reduce acidity. Season with salt and pepper. Puree sauce with an immersion blender for a less chunky sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

152 Calories
6g Fat
15g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 14
Calories 152
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 279mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 15mg 73%
Calcium 67mg 5%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 584mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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