There are two kinds of Italians – those that are all about “the noodle” and those that are all about “the sauce”. My girlfriend and I are opposites. She’s all about the noodle and I’m all about the sauce! She could make up a bowl of penne or capellini, melt a little butter, salt and parmesan on top and be a happy camper (such a carb-a-holic!). But a saucy girl needs her sauce!
I grew up with a mom that could make spaghetti sauce so good that we’d just put it in a bowl and eat it like stew. Maybe we’d throw in a little parmesan or scoop it out with tortilla chips or a hunk of bread, but the sauce was the main attraction. It was warm, filling and it ALWAYS hit the spot. It’s been passed down generation to generation and I’m sorry to say that you will NOT be getting that family secret! I got enough grief for giving out the ravioli recipe!
Do not fret, though! I have a healthy, semi-homemade meat sauce for you that’s almost as good as Mom’s secret recipe. It’s sure to not disappoint. In fact, I made it twice over Thanksgiving while in Ohio and it (along with the raviolis) was a humongous hit with my girlfriend’s family! Even the picky eaters loved it enough to have seconds and thirds :) It’s rich and filling and it was perfect with leftover Thanksgiving rolls.
Mighty Meaty Spaghetti Sauce
Servings: 7-8 (1/2 cup servings)
PointsPlus Per Serving: 3
- Jennie-O Extra Lean Ground Turkey 1/2 lb, 7 PP
- Olive Oil 1 tbsp, 4 PP
- 3 Garlic cloves finely chopped
- 1/2 tbsp sea salt
- 1/2 tbsp fresh ground pepper
- 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tbsp dried parsley
- Prego Roasted Garlic Parmesan Italian Sauce (whole can), 7 PP
- 1/2 tbsp dried parsley
- 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tbsp dried basil
- 1 tbsp light butter, 1 PP
- 1 tsp allspice (optional)
1. Get out medium sized sauce pan, put it on medium high heat and put the olive oil in to warm up. Add the garlic to cook up just a minute before you put in the turkey
2. Put in your ground turkey, spray the top with a little pam and pour on all the spices listed for the meat. Mix and chop it up as it cooks until you’re left with nicely cooked and chopped up turkey! This takes about 15-20 minutes.
3. Drain the turkey meat to get rid of the excess water and grease. Return to sauce pan.
4. Put your heat down to medium-low and pour in your can of spaghetti sauce. Mix around so the turkey isn’t just resting on the bottom of the pan anymore.
5. Mix in all the spices (not the butter just yet) and let simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Make sure to put a lid on because thick, beautiful sauce has a tendency to bubble and explode and it’ll get all over you and the counter.
6. Once sauce is nice and hot, put in butter and stir around. Let simmer for another five minutes or so before you taste test. Season to taste.
7. Eat alone or over your favorite noodle!
You can really use any type of sauce you have around for the base. Cheese sauces are good, mushroom sauces are good (my girlfriend hates mushrooms, so I don’t cook with them often, even though I love them!). I just love the flavor of a great roasted garlic sauce. It has a little extra something in it that makes it special. Just remember to check the points value by using the Weight Watchers Wiki, although it will be out of date now…. I’ll have to find a new updated one! And don’t forget that everything should be seasoned to taste. You might not like as much garlic, but you love the basil; so change it up!
I hope you enjoy this healthy meaty marinara sauce. It’s wonderful! And here’s one last picture to show you my raviolis with this sauce. It’s a great way to serve them – layer sauce, then ravs, sauce, ravs, sauce, ravs, etc. until you reach the top!