Slow Cooker Ground Turkey Pasta Sauce

Slow Cooker Ground Turkey Pasta Sauce


  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 2 tablespoons Italian herb seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (may reduce or omit for less spice)
  • 1 pound ground turkey (breast, thigh or mixed)
  • fresh chopped Italian parsley or basil for garnish (optional)
  • grated Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top (optional)


Coat inside of slow cooker with cooking spray.  Put garlic, onion and olive oil in small bowl and microwave 2 minutes at full power, stopping and stirring after the 1st minute. Add all ingredients to slow cooker (minus the turkey) and stir to combine. Break ground turkey into  chunks and add to the sauce. Tap down the turkey chunks so they are partially covered in the sauce, but do not stir or break up the turkey chunks. Cover, and cook on low for 6-7 hours. Stir cooked sauce, taste, and add more salt, if needed. Serve over pasta. Sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley or basil and grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Nutritional Information (for 3/4 cup serving of sauce made with ground turkey breast). 201 calories, 8g fat, 11.4g carbs, 3.4g fiber, 6.8g sugar, 18.9g protein

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