Homemade Turkey Ragu


I love a homemade sauce with limited ingredients! I love it even more when it requires relatively minimal time and effort!  If you’re like me, this is the recipe for you.  This minus-the-vino ragu is a favorite in our household and I hope it will be a favorite in yours as well!


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes


  • 1/2 medium onion (chopped)
  • 2-3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1-pint grape tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 oz can organic tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basic (chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)


  1. Place onion, garlic, and olive oil in a cast iron pot (4 oz or larger) and simmer over medium heat until onions begin to soften (approximately 5 minutes)
  2. Add turkey, stirring frequently and breaking into small pieces
  3. After approximately 8-10 minutes, when turkey is fully or mostly cooked (i.e. minimal to no pink), add chopped tomatoes
  4. Add oregano and basil
  5. Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, for an additional 15 minutes
  6. Add tomato paste and water
  7. Simmer on medium-low heat for a minimum of 15 additional minutes, stirring often
  8. Allow to cool
  9. Garnish with additional oregano or basil and serve

Steamed broccoli, raspberries, spaghetti squash with turkey ragu


Note: All recipes on this site are ones that have worked for our family now or in the past. I recommend that you always follow the feeding, nutrition, and safety advice provided by your doctors in addition to your own judgment regarding what is safe and appropriate for your child(ren). Our children are unique individuals and may have different needs depending on their age, development, medical needs, etc.

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