Making a big pot of rustic spaghetti sauce is one of the most gratifying things you can do as a home cook. The welcoming aroma rising from the pot makes coming home a heartwarming experience.
To make this Ground Turkey Spaghetti Sauce as good-for-you as it is good-smelling, I've packed it with ground turkey, loads of chopped veggies and mouthwatering Italian flavors.
Serve it up over Braised Cabbage Noodles for a fitness meal at its finest!
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
1 yellow onion, minced
1 Fennel Bulb, minced
3 zucchini, diced
2 pounds Lean Ground Turkey
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
2 (6 oz) cans
2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
1 cup water
1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning blend
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
Place an extra-large nonstick skillet or medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the olive oil and warm for 3 minutes. Add the garlic, onion and fennel bulb. Sauté, mixing often, for 5 minutes, until the onion is tender. Add the zucchini and continue to cook for 5 minutes.
Add the ground turkey and cook, stirring and breaking the turkey apart with your spoon or spatula, until all the pink is gone. Drain the pan, then return to medium heat.
Add the crushed tomato, tomato paste, and tomato sauce to the pan and mix until well combined. Add the water, coconut sugar, basil, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Decrease the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper as needed.
While this veggie-n-protein filled sauce is incredibly nutritious, it’s what we serve the sauce over that can make or break the meal.
Tradition tells us to pour sauce over a pile of simple white noodles, made with grains and gluten, however this is not conducive to a lean, healthy and energetic body.
Big pile of white noodles = bloated, lethargic, sick and tired :(
Serving your yummy spaghetti sauce over a low carb, fiber-filled veggie is ideal!
I’ve played around with lots of veggie noodles and baked squash options to meet the goal of low carb and fiber-filled, and these all work great. Today, however, my new favorite is to thinly slice and braise green cabbage until it’s tender and soft. This low calorie, low carb noodle replacement tastes phenomenal and makes the perfect vessel for enjoying delicious Ground Turkey Spaghetti Sauce.