First Time Mom and Losing It: Healthy Hearty Meat Sauce and Pasta #Recipe

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Healthy Hearty Meat Sauce and Pasta #Recipe


My daughter loves pasta and tomato sauce. I wanted to bump up the protein and the fiber so I sneaked in some ground turkey and loads of veggies.

Healthy Hearty Meat Sauce and Pasta
8 Servings
  • Large can of crushed tomatoes
  • Small can of tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil 
  • 1/2 green pepper
  • 1 medium onion
  • 6 button mushrooms (stems removed)
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 tblsp parsley flakes
  • 1 tblsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tblsp dried basil
  • 1 tblsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tblsp onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tblsp sugar
  • 1 pound whole wheat pasta
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)
  1. Finely dice the pepper, onion and mushroom. Peel and grate the carrots. 
  2. Place oil in pot and add all of the veggies from above. Saute on medium heat until the veggies have softened. 
  3. Add the ground turkey and spices and mix and break meat apart until the meat is fully cooked. You should no longer see any pink. 
  4. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and sugar. Stir well and taste for seasoning. Add salt and pepper to taste. 
  5. Cook on low heat for about 20 minutes. You want to make sure you stir it constantly so that it doesn't burn on the bottom. 
  6. Follow package directions and cook pasta. 
  7. Serve pasta topped with the completed meat sauce and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese if you like. 
**Picture of recipe includes a homemade flatbread that I created. Recipe to come soon!



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46 comments:

  1. can I come to your house for dinner? that looks absolutely delicious! I love that you have so many different veggies in there as well...especially the mushrooms!

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  2. Yum. My family loves a good meat sauce.

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  3. great facts about nutritions, thank's for sharing !!

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  4. Now I'm even hungrier!! How would this stuff taste on a salad lol? Because that's what I gotta eat for dinner tonight. :P Darned bunny food hahaha. (I went on that 30-day salad challenge. I'm only on day 2. I don't know if I'm going to last XD )

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  5. I think it is a good idea to add in extra veggies and the like to make foods healthier.

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  6. I love adding ground turkey and veggies into pasta dishes!

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  7. Looks delicious! And I agree, can I come over for dinner too!? :)

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  8. I think I'd take the mushrooms out, but everything else sounds great! It would be a great sauce for my lasagna: http://www.mirandabee.com/2014/02/homemade-lasagna.html

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  9. Looks delicious! We make our own also to keep the salt content down.

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  10. Love how you were able to get those veggies in. Isn't funny how we have to "sneak" those in in order to have our children eat it?

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  11. I love making a good hearty pasta sauce. In fast that is what is on the menu tonight!

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  12. That sauce sounds so good. I am looking for great recipe options to eat more healthy.

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  13. The sauce sounds delicious! I am finding it hard to find a sauce in the store that is perfect. I'll try this one.

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  14. I dont eat meat but I would love to try this without meat. This would be great when my friend gives me tomatoes from her garden

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  15. Oh wow...that looks like a gourmet feast for a toddler..she is definitely eating in style! When I was younger, elbows and meat sauce used to be one of my favorite meals.

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  16. Yum, yum, yum...that flatbread looks pretty awesome, too :) Have you ever tried spaghetti squash in place of pasta? A friend of mine says it is better.

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  17. everybody to Michelle's for dinner!! :D

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  18. Ground turkey in our spaghetti is the only way to go! yummy!

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  19. Looks like lots of ingredients here. :) I will try this one though I don't have that much of spices in my kitchen. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. It's a great idea to get away from the jarred stuff and go natural as much as possible. The sugars in tomato sauce in cans and jars is intense.

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  21. I love homemade sauce! And healthy too!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. I Love Meat Sauce The More Meat The Better This Looks Delicious must TRY!!

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  23. That looks amazing. So easy. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. This looks so good and simple to make. Very good for a week night meal!

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  25. That looks yummy! I think my preschooler would love it! :)

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  26. GReat recipe.. I often ask my wife weekly to make homemade sauce.. i think hers is the best!

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  27. I have observed that western countries like US often food is pasta which is one of my favorite food too

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  28. You really get me with this one. I'm a sucker for pasta and meat and tomato sauce. Yum a thousand times :)

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  29. This looks really good. Love all the seasonings.

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  30. Sauce is brilliant for being able to sneak in veggies. Love the post and totally laughed because we do the same. :)

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  31. This sounds super yummy. I love the added veggies in it. I love coming to your blog and getting some healthy recipes since I run out ideas. Thank you for helping keep us healthy.

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  32. This sounds so yummy! My oldest is a picky eater so whenever there is a food he likes I try to pack in all the good stuff :)
    And he adores pasta so I have a feeling this recipe would be a hit with him.

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  33. Sounds good, that is a staple in our family dinner at least 1X a week!

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  34. Looks yummy! I also add veggies to a lot of my son's meals. Pasta is something he doesn't eat very often though, cause he can't have tomatoes, and I don't like how fatty the white sauce is. The flatbread looks yummy! I make something similar.

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  35. Looks good! I prefer the pasta that has the vegetable powder to make is as they're I think 1/2 serving of vegetables for a standard serving of pasta. It's an easy way to get in extra veggies around here. ^_^;

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  36. Sounds yummy! I prefer whole grain pasta but 400 calories for a meal is actually pretty good.

    Dee Mauser
    http://www.bellasavvy.net

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  37. Yumm!! I am a pasta lover and so is Matt! Here's another great recipe we'll have to print!

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  38. I love your healthy meat sauce! It's similar to mine, only I use ground beef instead of turkey. I will have to try sneaking in the button mushrooms next time too. What I REALLY want to know is the homemade flatbread recipe! It looks delicious!

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  39. This looks so good thank you so much for sharing. I am always looking for new things to make in the kitchen

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  40. I love making my own sauce. This sounds so good and easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

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  41. I don't eat meat but the recipe can be modified. I love the simplicity of the dish and the with which one can make it.

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  42. I see lotsa veggies!! That can only be a good thing :) Looks scrumptious, I'll have to give it a try. Thanks!

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  43. Wow this meat sauce definitely looks hearty! I love that it's kid friendly. I just hope my kid likes it :)

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  44. I Can't Wait To Make This Thanks For The Recipe!

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  45. This looks delicious! I will definitely have to try this recipe!

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  46. I wish I could get my oldest to eat spaghetti! Its a family favorite and my youngest slurps it down, but my oldest just doesn't like the sauce. I don't get it. Kids are so picky sometimes. This looks good though!

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