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A big thanks to Jacqueline Edwards Schuster for this great recipe. I just made a meatless batch for my freezer so I can thaw it out and use it in any way I'd like. It made about 9-10 cups of sauce. I will never buy jarred sauce again. This is just THAT good! Ingredients
1 29oz can tomato sauce 1 15oz can tomato sauce 1 12 oz can tomato juice 1 12 oz can tomato paste 2 pounds ground turkey 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning 1 tablespoon dehydrated onion pieces Bay leaves (3 of them) ¾ cup sugar ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Brown the ground beef in the garlic, sugar, onion, and Italian seasonings (this gives the turkey a flavor) in a large pot.
Add the paste, sauce, and juice as well as the bay leaves and simmer on low for about 2 hours stirring occasionally.
Switch off the heat, add the Parmesan cheese and stir. Let it sit for about an hour.
Reheat it and then serve over spaghetti noodles
Jacqueline says: Taste the sauce after about ½ hour. You may want to sweeten it with a little more sugar (1/4 cup) or add ½ teaspoon more Italian seasoning. I have been making this so long, I don’t measure the ingredients any more… I do it by taste.
I make it with 2lbs ground turkey and add all the spices while I am browning the meat. That way the flavor attaches itself. You could use ground beef/ turkey combo (I still brown with the spices) or make it meatless. I have done it all ways. It is good over portobello mushrooms, with eggplant, as a spaghetti as use over pasta or lasagna. Remember that it freezes very well. I freeze it in a rectangular container overnight then take the frozen block and seal-a-meal it to prevent freezer burn.
To turn the sauce into lasagna:
12 oz shredded mozzarella cheese (I buy the 2% cheese) 12 oz shredded cheddar cheese (2%)
Combine the two cheeses in a bowl
In a 9 x 13 pan, layer cooked lasagna noodles (OR AS A TIME SAVER- buy Barilla no boil lasagna noodles), sauce, and cheese (one at a time) at least two layers deep. If using all the sauce, buy a disposable heavy duty lasagna pan and layer it 3 layers of each