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Semi-Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

10. mins

8 Cups

What you are creating

Looking for a quick and easy healthy alternative to the classic spaghetti sauce?

Our meat sauce contains ground turkey but our added trick will have everyone thinking you used ground beef!

We also use store bought sauce as our base and add extra ingredients that boosts the flavor and gives you a thick, robust sauce.


  1. Sauté the onions and garlic in the avocado oil in a large pan. Cook until caramelized. Add the fresh basil and set aside.

  2. Mix the dark cocoa powder and ground turkey until blended.

  3. Cook the turkey in avocado oil until well browned. Add to the caramelized onions.

  4. Add the two bottles of Classico Spicy Tomato & Basil pasta sauce.

  5. Simmer on range top on low heat for several hours.

  6. If you prefer, you can cook the sauce in a crock pot.


Substitute lean ground beef for the turkey. Omit the dark cocoa powder.

  • 1 pound ground turkey

  • 1 tablespoon dark cocoa powder

  • 2 bottles Classico Spicy Tomato & Basil pasta sauce

  • Avacado oil

  • 1 large sweet yellow onion, chopped

  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped

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A note about ingredients used in our recipes:

When creating our recipes we use the following unless otherwise noted in the recipe:

  • Eggs = Large Eggs

  • All Purpose Flour = Unbleached All Purpose King Arthur Flour or Unbleached All Purpose King Arthur Flour Organic

  • Bread Flour = Unbleached King Arthur Bread Flour or Unbleached King Arthur Bread Flour Organic

  • Whole Wheat Flour = 100% Whole Grain King Arthur Whole Wheat Flour

  • Pastry Flour = Bob’s Red Mill Unbleached White Fine Pastry Flour 

  • Almond Flour = Bob’s Red Mill Super-Fine Almond Flour 

  • Tapioca Flour = Bob’s Red Mill Tapioca Flour (Tapioca Starch)

  • Sour Cream = Full Fat Sour Cream

  • Yogurt = Full Fat Yogurt

  • Milk = As indicated or if Milk is just listed you may use 1%, 2% or Whole Milk

  • Cream = 40% Heavy Cream

  • Butter = Unsalted Sweet Cream butter unless otherwise noted


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