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A Healthier Crock Pot Meat Lovers Sauce Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 3 carrots chopped
  • 10 ounces mushrooms chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 4-ounce links Italian Turkey Sausage
  • 3/4 pound ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup Kalamata olives pitted, sliced, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 28-ounce cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • fresh basil torn, optional
  • fresh shredded Parmesan cheese optional
  • 1 pound dry gluten-free or whole grain pasta of your choice cooked


  1. Heat large skillet and add oil. Add onion, carrots and mushrooms and saute 4 minutes until softened; add garlic and saute another minute. Place vegetables in crock pot. Add turkey sausage and ground turkey to pan and saute until browned, about 6 minutes, using the back of a spoon/spatula to break up pieces. Transfer meat to crock pot. Add olives, red pepper flakes, tomatoes and oregano to crock pot and stir everything together. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours.
  2. Serve over cooked pasta and top with torn basil and shredded Parmesan cheese if desired.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Cooking Light.