Italian Turkey Sausage and lean ground turkey are the main ingredients in this simple slow cooker meat sauce!
Nothing beats an easy dinner that’s ready when you need it!
There was a time that I loved to run. I think that time was between the ages of 5 and 10. During that time I ran everywhere! I ran to my friend’s house, then I ran home.
I ran to school and I ran during recess. I ran up the stairs and I ran down the stairs. I ran playing tag and I ran playing chase. I ran and ran and ran and never seemed to tire or get winded.
If you are carb-loading, then this sauce if for you! Serve this thick and meaty sauce over pasta for the ultimate pre-workout meal!
What Is Meat Sauce?
This meat sauce is a variation on my homemade marinara sauce. It is made with a few kinds of canned tomatoes and two kinds of meat.
In this recipe, I used a combination of ground turkey and turkey Italian sausage, but traditional Italian sausage, ground pork, pork veal or ground beef is fine!
The meat used can definitely be varied as can the seasoning.
How To Freeze Meat Sauce?
This meat sauce freezes amazingly well! Freeze freshly made sauce or leftovers once they have cooled. Place the sauce in an airtight container or in a ziptop bag. Freeze sauce for up to 3 months.
To reheat the sauce, place the sauce in a saucepan over medium heat. If the sauce is too thick, add a tiny bit of water to think out the sauce.
How Long Does Meat Sauce Last In The Fridge?
If meat sauce is properly stored in an airtight container, it should last in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat the sauce as mentioned above.
How To Thicken Meat Sauce
If you find that your meat sauce is too running or thin, try simmering the sauce a little longer. Allowing the sauce to cook down a little longer will help thicken the sauce.
Alternatively, you can add tomato sauce to your sauce or cornstarch.
This sauce can easily be made on the stovetop in a large saucepan or a Dutch oven. The slow and low cooking allows the flavors to meld together perfectly!
What To Serve With Meat Sauce?
Pasta is the natural choice for this meat sauce, but you can also get creative! You can serve it on baked potatoes or in this crockpot lasagna!
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 lb Italian turkey sausage
- 1 teaspoon basil
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 28 oz can tomato sauce
- 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
- 1 6 oz can tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- In a large skillet over medium heat olive oil.
- Add onions and garlic and cook for about 4 minutes or until onions have softened.
- Remove to slow cooker. In the same skillet, heat ground turkey and turkey sausage.
- Stir in basil, oregano, thyme, and salt.
- Cook until turkey is crumbled and no longer pink.
- Add meat to onions in the slow cooker. To the slow cooker, add canned ingredients, vinegar, and sugar.
- Stir. Heat on high for 3 1/2 hours.
Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 250 Total Fat 13g Saturated Fat 3g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 8g Cholesterol 75mg Sodium 842mg Carbohydrates 13g Fiber 3g Sugar 9g Protein 21g