Spaghetti With Meat Sauce

Total Time
1 hr 3 min
18 min
45 min
This homemade meat sauce is made more nutritious using lean ground turkey instead of fatty ground beef. It gets a flavor boost from a dash of red pepper flakes.


cooking spray

1 spray(s)

uncooked onion(s)

1 cup(s), chopped

garlic clove(s)

4 medium clove(s), minced

canned tomatoes

56 oz, plum-variety, undrained, coarsely chopped

canned tomato paste

6 oz

dried basil

1½ tsp

dried oregano

1 tsp


1 tsp

table salt

½ tsp, optional

crushed red pepper flakes

¼ tsp, optional

uncooked extra lean ground turkey breast

20 oz

uncooked spaghetti

12 oz, cooked without added salt and fat, drained

grated Parmesan cheese

2 Tbsp, or Romano cheese


  1. Coat a large saucepan with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onion to skillet; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, oregano, sugar and, if desired, salt and pepper flakes; bring to a simmer. Simmer uncovered 25 to 35 minutes or until sauce is desired consistency.
  3. Meanwhile, cook turkey in a large skillet until no longer pink, breaking into chunks with a wooden spoon. Stir turkey into sauce; heat through. Serve over spaghetti and sprinkle with cheese.

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