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Vegetable Spaghetti Sauce (with meat)

This vegetable spaghetti sauce is a savory and delicious way to eat your veggies. It's an aromatic pasta sauce that you can make with various vegetables and ground meat. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Beef, Turkey
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 232kcal


  • 1 pound pasta
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion (diced small)
  • 6 cloves garlic (minced)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1.5 pounds ground turkey (or beef, venison, or bison)
  • 32 ounces pasta sauce (we use Prego Traditional)
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 red pepper (diced small)
  • 1 green pepper (diced small)
  • 1 yellow squash (diced small)
  • 1 zucchini (diced small)
  • 3 carrots (diced small)


  • Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package. Drain.
    1 pound pasta
  • Meanwhile, heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large, deep skillet. Add the onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to brown, about 10 minutes.
    1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, 1 onion
  • Mix in the garlic and cook about 1 minute longer.
    6 cloves garlic
  • Season the ground turkey with salt and pepper and add to the pan. Cook, breaking up the meat into fine pieces, until it is no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes. Set aside.
    salt, pepper, 1.5 pounds ground turkey
  • In a large pot, heat the sauce over medium heat. Add the dried basil, oregano, and hot sauce (if using). Let simmer a minute or two until heated through.
    32 ounces pasta sauce, 1 tablespoon dried basil, 1 tablespoon dried oregano, 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • Add the red pepper, green pepper, yellow squash, zucchini, and carrots and cook about 10 minutes longer or until the peppers and carrots are crisp-tender.
    1 red pepper, 1 green pepper, 1 yellow squash, 1 zucchini, 3 carrots
  • Add the sauce to the skillet with the turkey and stir well to combine. Continue to cook over medium heat to rewarm the turkey, if needed.
  • Serve over hot pasta.


Tips and Techniques

  • You can serve this pasta sauce over any type of pasta that you prefer. To make this recipe gluten free, simply serve it over your favorite gluten free pasta.
  • The vegetables can be swapped out for others or left out of there is one or two that you don't like. You can always increase the amount of the other vegetables, if desired. 
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Consume within 3-4 days.
** Nutritional information is an estimate and may vary. It does NOT include the pasta, as this can vary greatly.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 954mg | Potassium: 1246mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 6620IU | Vitamin C: 67.3mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 3.9mg