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Mom’s Famous Pasta Sauce

My Mom made this pasta sauce for the first time a few years ago, and it quickly became one of my all time favorite Mom recipes.

It’s more than just pasta sauce. It’s like a thick, hearty, kind of “stew”. And you can use it in so many different ways. It’s multifunctional, if you will. AND, it’s so healthy. It’s packed with veggies, lean ground turkey, and a ton of flavor.

Talk about a good way to sneak in a ton of veggies.


I love it even more because it takes 30 minutes from start to finish, you can make a huge batch of it at once, and it takes one pan. One pan! Perfect for a tiny kitchen like mine.


All you do is turn on the skillet, brown a package of ground turkey, add in some chopped vegetables (you can use whatever you have on hand), add a jar of really good pasta sauce, bring everything to a boil and let it simmer for about 20 minutes.


Now let’s discuss the multi functionality of this pasta sauce. The first time I had it this week, I added it to whole wheat angel hair pasta and topped it off with freshly grated parmesan cheese. And some wine, obviously.

Then, I had some leftovers on top of a bed of spinach for a light lunch the other day.



It’s also really good on it’s own. The other night, I came home late and starving and needed something quick to eat before I went to bed. Mom’s Pasta Sauce won again.

I was also thinking that it would be great loaded on top of a couple slices of fresh toasted bread, sort of like sloppy-joe style.

The possibilities are endless.

I hope you enjoy this easy, healthy, spruced up pasta sauce, courtesy of my mama!

Mom’s Famous Pasta Sauce: With Ground Turkey and Vegetables

(makes about 6 servings)

  • 1 package lean ground turkey
  • any veggies you want. I used: 1/2 onion, 1 green pepper, 1 yellow pepper, large package of mushrooms, handful of kale
  • 1 jar of pasta sauce
  • any spices you’d like to add. I added dried basil, salt and pepper.

1. Turn skillet on high heat.

2. Add the package of ground turkey. Cook until it is brown all the way through.

3. Add veggies, cook for about 5 minutes until soft.

4. Add jar of pasta sauce. Bring everything to a boil, then allow to simmer. You can let it cook for as long as you want (hours if you want), but at least 20 minutes so everything is soft.


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  1. {Main St. Cuisine} says

    I was thinking this might be great packaged and frozen so I could have something ready to go for a busy weeknight. Love the edition of kale as well. Thank’s for sharing one of your mom’s recipes with us!

    • Jamie says

      Yes absolutely!! I stored a huge amount of it in my fridge and if I wasn’t home all week, I would have put it in my freezer. My mom stores batches of it in the freezer at home!

  2. oceanviolet says

    I made this last night, it was incredibly simple yet boasted such powerful flavors. I used heaps of kale to make it super green and swapped in brown rice pasta, delish. Having leftovers for lunch today too!


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