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
  • 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
  • 1/4 cup green or red chopped pepper, (1/4″ cubes)
  • 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. 
  2. Add onions and garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Season sauce with Worcestershire sauce, oregano leaves, sweet basil, thyme leaves, bay leaves, and red pepper flakes.  
  4. Stir crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, red wine and water into the 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