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Pasta with Hearty Meat Sauce

a bowl of pasta with a hearty meat sauce
This stick-to-your-ribs dinner is the perfect pasta meal for a chilly night. The hearty meat sauce is made with healthy, lean turkey to fill you up.

Servings: 8

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 390
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 47mg
  • Sodium: 331mg
  • Carbohydrates: 54g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 22g



  1. In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the mushrooms, onion, carrot, bell pepper, turkey sausage, garlic, rosemary, fennel seeds, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt and black pepper to taste. Cook and stir until mushrooms are tender and liquid is evaporated. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Add ground turkey to the saucepan and cook until turkey is no longer pink.
  4. Return reserved vegetable mixture to saucepan. Stir in tomatoes, wine and balsamic vinegar. Bring to boiling; reduce heat.
  5. Simmer, uncovered, about 20 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
  6. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
  7. Serve turkey meat sauce over cooked pasta.
  8. Top with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

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