Monday, January 28, 2013

Turkey Tomato Sauce

This sauce was made on a whim, so my seasonings were not measured from the start. I find that seasoning this sauce can be eyeballed as long as the combination of spices are used. I like my sauce spicier, so I add more chili flakes, and I love the taste of fennel, so I add extra seeds. I taste and add seasonings as I go, so feel free to tweak this recipe to your own personal palate.


1 lb. ground turkey ( I use darker meat)
-Season turkey meat with salt and pepper, 1 tsp. dried basil 1 tsp. dried oregano, sprinkle of red chili flakes, and 2 tsp. fennel seeds. Mix seasoning into raw turkey meat.
1 onion chopped (not too small)
8 oz. white mushrooms sliced
2 garlic cloves crushed
1  29 oz. can tomato sauce ( I use Hunt's brand)
1  14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes with celery, peppers, and onion ( any brand is fine)
Celtic salt
Ground pepper
Red chili flaked
Fennel seeds
Dried oregano
Dried basil
Olive oil


In a large sauce pot heat 1-2 Tb. olive oil on medium /high heat, and saute onions until almost transparent. Season with salt. Add crushed garlic to onions, and then add seasoned turkey meat to onions, and keep breaking up until turkey is 90% cooked through..While the onions and turkey meat are browning, in a separate pan, brown mushrooms and season lightly with salt and pepper. Add mushrooms to turkey and onions. Pour in can of tomato sauce, and can of diced tomatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste, 1 1/2 Tb. dried basil, 1/2 Tb. dried oregano, 2-3 tsp. fennel, hot chili flakes for added spiciness (optional). Stir, cover and cook on medium/low heat. Occasionally stir, so sauce does not burn. This sauce does not need to cook long. I let it simmer for the amount of time it takes to cook brown rice pasta which is around 15-17 minutes. This sauce,however, can be left on low simmer until ready to use.

* This sauce is delicious over any type of pasta, but being gluten free, I choose to eat over brown rice pasta, or spaghetti squash. This sauce is also extra tasty over baked veggies.

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