Quick Turkey Meat Sauce


This lean meat sauce is made with ground turkey meat instead of ground beef, and the result is just as delicious! Plus, finely chopped mushrooms are incorporated into the sauce (undetected!) for an easy way to eat more vegetables. Serve this healthy, hearty recipe with your favorite whole-wheat pasta, or over polenta with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
6 cups

How to Store Quick Turkey Meat Sauce

This healthy ground turkey meat recipe is perfect for making ahead and storing. Refrigerate the sauce in an airtight container for up to 3 days. You can also freeze the sauce in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. To reheat the meat sauce, microwave or reheat in a saucepan over low heat until heated through. If frozen, let the sauce thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating.

Can I Use a Different Protein in This Meat Sauce Recipe?

Yes, the ground turkey can be swapped for ground beef in this recipe. Choose lean ground beef, 90% or higher, which will have less fat. Ground beef adds great flavor to this recipe. However, it does have more saturated fat than ground turkey, so if you're following a heart-healthy diet, stick with ground turkey.

Additional reporting by Alex Loh


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey

  • 8 ounces mushrooms, chopped

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley or basil


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and Italian seasoning; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add turkey, mushrooms and salt; cook, crumbling the turkey with a wooden spoon and stirring, until the turkey is no longer pink and the mushrooms are cooked, about 10 minutes.

  2. Increase heat to medium-high. Stir in tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in parsley (or basil).

    Quick Turkey Meat Sauce
    Christine Ma


Large skillet

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

100 Calories
5g Fat
7g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 100
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 9g 18%
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Vitamin A 381IU 8%
Vitamin C 11mg 12%
Folate 19mcg 5%
Sodium 249mg 11%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Magnesium 24mg 6%
Potassium 398mg 8%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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