Easy Meat Sauce with Mushrooms

Easy Meat Sauce with Mushrooms

This Easy Meat Sauce with Mushrooms may look and taste like it’s been simmering for hours, but in reality, takes 30-minutes to prepare and cook. It’s rich in flavor, thick, and perfect all tangled up in your favorite pasta.

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When I was growing up my mom would make the most delicious meat sauce to go over spaghetti. She was a religious canner at the end of the summer season, so we always had a bounty of canned tomatoes to make sauce with. She cooked it low and slow and it was absolute heaven. We always had a big green salad and some kind of bread and butter for soaking up all the saucy remnants from the plate. Did I mention it was heaven?

When my schedule allows it, I enjoy making a batch of meat sauce from scratch like my mom did. But when you don’t have the extra time, this Meat Sauce with Mushrooms is as close as you get to the real deal. It has depth of flavor as if it were cooked for hours, it’s thick and meaty, and absolutely delicious.



The Best Ground Meat For Meat Sauce:

I like using a combination of lean ground turkey and Italian turkey sausage; usually a 2-1 ratio. Italian sausage whether it’s pork or turkey is seasoned with spices and herbs, giving the meat sauce an authentic flavor. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I prefer ground turkey over beef but use whatever ground meat you like; beef, pork, lamb, or chicken.

Store-Bought Pasta Sauce:

If you’ve ever visited the pasta isle at the grocery store you know the variety of pasta sauce there is to choose from. They even have ones that include the meat it you’re really in a pinch.🤭 Here are some of my favorite store-bought pasta sauces that are rich in flavor; you would never know they came from a jar.

  • Mezzetta Tomato Basil – This is one of my favorites. It’s thick and rich and doesn’t have any added sugars, preservatives, or GMO’s.
  • Rao’s Pasta Sauce – They are especially known for their marinara sauce. Flavorful, no sugars added, carb conscious, and all-natural.
  • Newman’s Own Sockarooni – This pasta sauce has a chunkier consistency so it creates a thicker, meatier sauce.
  • Emeril’s Tomato Basil – You can’t go wrong with Emeril. He has a variety of sauces made with quality ingredients.

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How Do You Make Easy Meat Sauce with Mushrooms?

  1. Sauté all your veggies and seasonings in a large pot or skillet. Once veggies are soft, remove from the pan and set aside.
  2. Brown your ground meat of choice.
  3. Add the cooked veggies and your favorite pasta sauce.
  4. Let simmer for 15-20 minutes and serve over pasta noodles.

That’s it! So easy and so good.




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Easy Meat Sauce with Mushrooms

This Easy Meat Sauce with Mushrooms may look and taste like it's been simmering for hours, but in reality, takes 30-minutes to prepare and cook. It's rich in flavor, thick, and perfect all tangled up in your favorite pasta.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 5
Calories 345 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 lb lean Italian turkey sausage such as Jenny-O
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper or any color bell pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 16 oz pre-sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • 1 25 oz jar favorite pasta sauce I used Metzzetta tomato basil pasta sauce
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley optional

Instructions
 

  • Heat a large deep skillet or pot to medium heat and add 1 tbsp olive oil, onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Sauté until veggies start to soften.
  • Stir in the mushrooms and seasonings. Sauté until mushrooms are browned and soft and most of the liquid has evaporated. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Add 1 more tbsp olive oil and ground meat to the hot pan. Cook, breaking up the meat into crumbles until no longer pink. Drain if there is a lot of grease but a little liquid is just fine.
  • Combine the veggies and pasta sauce with the meat and bring to a simmer. Cook stirring occasionally for 15-20 minutes. Sauce should be thick and delicious!
  • Add in some fresh parsley and serve over your favorite pasta.

Notes

Ground Meat- Use turkey, beef, pork, chicken, or lamb. I use a 2-1 ratio. 1 lb Lean ground turkey or beef, and 1/2 lb Italian turkey, or pork sausage. 
Store-Bought Pasta Sauce- Any kind of store-bought pasta sauce will work. Here are my favorites. 
  • Mezzetta Tomato Basil – This is one of my favorites. It’s thick and rich and doesn’t have any added sugars,
  • Rao’s Pasta Sauce – They are especially known for their marinara sauce. Flavorful, no sugars added, carb conscious, and all-natural.
  • Newman’s Own Sockarooni – This pasta sauce has a chunkier consistency so it creates a thicker, meatier sauce.
  • Emeril’s Tomato Basil – You can’t go wrong with Emeril. He has a variety of sauces made with quality ingredients.
 
This recipe serves 5-6 people.
Nutritional facts do not include pasta.
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be understood as an estimate rather than a guarantee. The Menu Maid makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.
Keyword Garlic, Green pepper, Ground Turkey, Herbs, Italian turkey sausage, Mushrooms, Onions, Pasta sauce

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