Turkey Basil Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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Categories: American, Italian, Main Dish, Pasta, Poultry, Sauce, Turkey, Vegetable

Submitted By: Sunny from Evanston.

Turkey Basil Spaghetti Sauce Notes

I made this one up, and now it's a family favorite. The freshly ground fennel seeds are essential.

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 2 1/2 pounds ground white meat turkey
  • 2 28 ounce cans chunky tomato sauce
  • 1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • to taste, salt
  • to taste, pepper
  • 4 ounces fresh basil, stemmed and chopped
Serves / Yields

8 servings

Preparation Instructions

In a large pot, saute the onions and garlic in olive oil, over medium low heat, until onions are translucent.

Add turkey, turn heat to medium, and chop turkey as it cooks, to break it up. When turkey is cooked enough to be separated into little chunks, add tomato sauce and diced tomatoes, and bring to a simmer.

Grind fennel seeds with a mortar and pestle, or a spice grinder, until they're fragrant and well-smashed, but not powdered.

Add fennel and oregano to sauce, and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Add vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.

Just before serving over spaghetti or other pasta, stir in chopped basil. Turn off the heat, as soon as the basil is wilted.

Helpful Hints

You can use half dark-meat ground turkey, if you like.

Dried basil doesn't make it--and neither does previously ground fennel.

If you like garlic, you can add more.

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Greek Oregano
Broken Leaf, in a glass jar
In a 1/2 cup shaker jar, net wt. .5 oz.
$2.49
Fennel Seeds, Whole Or Ground
Whole, in a glass shaker jar
1/2 cup shaker jar, net wt. 1.75 oz.
$2.49
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Alison F. Said:

We made this DELICIOUS dish (without the fennel) . It was easy to make and really a wonderful alternative to the traditional meat sauce.

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Make it Again? Alison F. would make this recipe again.