Turkey and beef pasta sauce

    3 hours 40 min

    A deliciously simple tomato-based pasta sauce that's made in the slow cooker with minced turkey, beef mince, turkey sausages and green pepper.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 800g passata
    • 2 (400g) tins chopped tomatoes
    • 170g tomato puree
    • 285g tomato based pasta sauce
    • 225g turkey kielbasa, chopped
    • 4 tablespoons extra-light olive oil
    • 3 onions, chopped
    • 6 yellow summer squash, diced
    • 1 small green pepper, finely chopped
    • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
    • 225g extra-lean minced beef
    • 225g extra-lean minced turkey breast
    • 5 bay leaves
    • 15 whole black peppercorns
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
    • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
    • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:3hr20min  ›  Ready in:3hr40min 

    1. In a slow cooker, combine passata, chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, tomato sauce and kielbasa. Set slow cooker to High.
    2. Heat olive oil in a large, deep frying pan over medium heat. Cook onions, yellow squash, green pepper and garlic in oil until onions are translucent. Transfer vegetables to the slow cooker.
    3. Place minced beef and minced turkey in a large, deep frying pan. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble finely and transfer to slow cooker. Season with bay leaves, peppercorns, basil, marjoram, thyme and oregano.
    4. Cover and cook on High for 2 hours. Remove lid and cook 1 hour more.


    Kielbasa are Polish smoked sausages and can be found in Polish delis. If unavailable, use Mattessons smoked sausage instead.
    Yellow summer squash look like yellow courgettes. If unavailable, use courgettes instead.

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    This sauce was outstanding. Im not a meat lover so i just used a couple packs of turkey sausage and deleted the ground beef and turkey. I also added some mushrooms. It was excellent. Has a great taste. My husband told me to never buy grocery store sauce again.  -  21 Aug 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This recipe really exceeded my expectations. The flavor is great and my husband didn't notice the squash at all! (He HATES squash) I scaled the recipe for 6 servings with no problem & used zucchini instead of yellow squash. I also substituted turkey sausage that I had on hand for the kielbasa. It's a flexible recipe that you can make hours ahead, try it!  -  08 Dec 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This "sauce" came out more like goulash, and I wouldn't make it again.  -  30 Jun 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)