Easy Meat Sauce with Turkey

Meat Sauce made with easy homemade ground turkey sausage and bottled sauce makes this recipe easy, fast, and full of flavor. This meat sauce recipe is perfect for weeknight meals, coming together in about 20 minutes!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian, Traditional
Keyword ground turkey, marinara, meat sauce, sausage, spaghetti sauce, turkey
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 136kcal
Author Dana at


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds freshly ground (or ground fennel)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 cracks fresh black pepper
  • 1/4 cup parmigiano-reggiano cheese fresh grated
  • 24 ounces jarred marinara sauce*


  • In a medium-sized bowl, add the ground turkey, oregano, basil, garlic, fennel, salt, pepper, and cheese. Mix together until combined.
  • In a small saucepot over medium heat, add the turkey sausage and brown. Drain any excess water or fat that might come off the turkey. Add the jarred sauce and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve with pasta of your choice. I also love this over zucchini noodles!



*My favorite jarred sauce is Classico Reserva Marinara. 


Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 894mg | Potassium: 632mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 540IU | Vitamin C: 8.7mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 2.2mg