Homemade Crushed Red Tomato Sauce


  • 1 tablespoon olive or avocado oil
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey or beef
  • 28 ounces canned crushed tomatoes
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1½ teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon pepper


  • Add oil to a skillet on the stove top. Heat to medium-high heat. Once pan is hot, add the ground meat. Saute the meat, stirring occasionally, until browned. If your turkey or beef isn’t very lean you may want to drain the grease. (I find that isn’t necessary when using 93% lean.)
  • Reduce heat to medium low. Add canned crushed tomatoes, water, tomato paste, garlic, oregano, basil, parsley, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper to skillet with the meat. Stir to combine. Cover and gently simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until everything is heated through and flavors have married.
  • Serve over your favorite pasta, spaghetti squash or zoodles. You can even add it to the top of roasted veggies for a satisfying low carb meal.