Turkey Ragu: The Perfect Base Recipe

 

Getting ready for back-to-school means getting back to planning for everyday meals – breakfast, lunches, dinners and snacks.  As busy parents, it’s more important than ever to find new ways to help your family eat well that are budget-friendly, too.  Canadian Turkey can help you get back-to-school ready with easy and delicious recipes (like Turkey Ragu!) that will please every member of your family!

pot of turkey ragu

5 TIPS TO GET BACK-TO-SCHOOL READY WITH CANADIAN TURKEY

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  1. Scale Up

Turkey is a great option when planning to double or triple your favourite recipes.  Scale your recipes so you can cook once and then freeze extra portions to have on hand when you need dinner or lunch in a hurry.

 

  1. Foolproof Favourites

Develop a series of go-to recipes that you know are easy to prepare and that your family will love.  The Canadian Turkey website is packed with kitchen-tested recipes that are both healthy and tasty too.  Turkey is so versatile and comes in so many cuts that you can find something for everyone’s taste and preference.

 

  1. Plan Ahead

Try to cook with recipes where you can do some prep work ahead of time or plan to pre-cook some or all of the ingredients.  Meal planning up to a week in advance is a great way to save time during busy weeknights.

 

  1. Keep it Healthy

Turkey is a great source of protein and important minerals and nutrients.  Both dark and white meat is lean, so you can feel good putting turkey on your plate without having to compromise on taste and flavour.

 

  1. Change It Up
    Turkey adapts to all of your favourite flavour profiles and spice combinations, and with so many cuts to choose from you can find choices that please the whole family. Turkey is a delicious option for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can serve it hot or cold, and it tastes great the next day, too!

meal starter turkey ragu

Meal Starter Turkey Ragu

4.7 from 24 reviews
Turkey Ragu
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 10-12
 
Use this meal starter Turkey Ragu to create soups, pastas, casseroles, chili, and rice dishes.
Ingredients
  • 3.5 – 4 lbs. ground Canadian turkey
  • 2 turkey sausages, removed from casing (optional)
  • 3 cups white onion, minced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. sweet paprika
  • 1 tbsp. ground Italian seasoning
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp. tamari sauce
  • 2 jars (2 X 680 ml) pureed tomatoes
  • 3 cans (3 X 398 ml) diced tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat olive oil and sauté onions over medium heat.
  2. Cook until onions are lightly browned and caramelized, 6 – 8 minutes. In the last 2 minutes, add garlic and mix to incorporate. Do not let garlic or onions burn or they will make your sauce bitter.
  3. Add turkey meat and sausage if using. Stir occasionally so meat cooks evenly.
  4. Add garlic powder, paprika, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, Worcestershire and tamari. Cook for 8 – 10 minutes until no longer pink and cooked through.
  5. Add tomato puree and diced tomatoes.
  6. Bring to a gentle simmer. Cook for 10 minutes until flavours incorporate.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste. (Some tomato products do not come seasoned)
  8. Divide into desired portions, approximately 1 cup per person, and freeze until ready to use.
  9. TIP: To add big flavour, make sure to follow these tips. Cook onion slowly until caramelized, but not burned. For best tomato flavor, use a premium brand of canned tomatoes. To add a large punch of flavor, buy butcher made sausage and remove from casings.

turkey ragu in a pot

 

Canadian Turkey can teach you to cook smart by creating ‘meal starters’ that you can cook once and then use as a base to create multiple recipes later on.  Make the Meal Starter Turkey Ragu, freeze in multiple portions and then you have a base on hand for quick meals during busy weeks.  Use this meal starter to create soups, pastas, casseroles, chili, and rice dishes.  Do the heavy lifting once and make cooking multiple healthy and nutritious dinners super quick and easy! Click here to see other ways you can use this Turkey Ragu base. 

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Comments

  1. Debbie White-Beattie says:

    I know that Saucy Turkey Meatball Subs would be a big hit.

  2. We would love the QUICK & TASTY HONEY LEMON ROSEMARY TURKEY TENDERS.

  3. The Spiced Fried Turkey Nuggets is sure to become a family favourite!

  4. I love the sounds of the MAKE-AHEAD CREAMY TURKEY MAC AND CHEESE

  5. I love the sounds of the MAKE-AHEAD CREAMY TURKEY MAC AND CHEESE.

  6. The MAKE-AHEAD CREAMY TURKEY MAC AND CHEESE is sure to become a hit!

  7. The Turkey Burger Mac-N-Cheese is sure to be popular because it combines a healthy food with one of the few food items popular with both the young and older ones in the family.

  8. Rosanne Robinson says:

    The yummy Stuffed Turkey Rolls with Pasta Sauce will definitely become our family favourite.

  9. Lynda Cook says:

    The JERKY TURKEY MEATBALL SUB would be a hit!

  10. I’m planning to try the Make-Ahead Creamy Turkey Mac and Cheese.

  11. Heather Sibley says:

    The Turkey Burger Mac ‘n Cheese sounds delicious!

  12. wendy hutton says:

    the turkey burger mac and cheese would be a big hit with the family

  13. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    My grandkids would find CREAMY TURKEY STEW IN A BREAD BOWL simply amazing. 🙂

  14. Jennifer P. says:

    For sure the Sky-High Veggie Packed Turkey Nachos will be a family favourite in my house.

  15. Stuffed Turkey Rolls with Pasta Sauce. thanks

  16. Fried turkey would be a keeper for us.

  17. My kids would love Turkey Burger Mac-N-Cheese.

  18. I know they will love the Batch Turkey Meatballs, easy to freeze and great on sub buns with cheese

  19. TURKEY SLOPPY JOE SLIDERS is sure to become a family favourite

  20. I think my family would like MINI PIZZA MEATLOAVES

  21. GobbleGobble says:

    The Smoked Turkey Wraps (https://www.canadianturkey.ca/recipes/smoked-turkey-wraps/) are sure to become a family favourite because everybody gets to customize their own plate.

  22. Clare O'Brien says:

    The Turkey Lettuce Wraps sound great!

  23. I think we’d like the Saucy Turkey Meatball Subs.

  24. Make-Ahead Creamy Turkey Mac and Cheese will be a favourite.

  25. Florence Cochrane says:

    Batch Turkey Meatballs would be enjoy by my family for a variety of recipes.

  26. Florence Cochrane says:

    Batch Turkey Meatballs would be enjoyed by my family for a variety of meals.

  27. kathy downey says:

    MAKE-AHEAD CREAMY TURKEY MAC AND CHEESE is sure to be a hit with the kids

  28. Cathy Balogh says:

    MAKE-AHEAD CREAMY TURKEY MAC AND CHEESE

  29. ivy pluchinsky says:

    My whole family would enjoy The Turkey Burger Mac-N-Cheese

  30. I think my daughter would really like the crunchy turkey cutlets!

  31. I think the Porcupine Meat Balls would be a big hit!

  32. Darren Scrubb says:

    TURKEY SLOPPY JOE SLIDERS will be a favourite with my family.

  33. Lorna Webster says:

    The turkey mac and cheese!

  34. The Turkey Burger Mac ‘n Cheese sounds perfect!

  35. I know they would like Make-Ahead Creamy Turkey Mac and Cheese.

  36. Heather Swanson says:

    Turkey mac & cheese

  37. Italian Turkey and Spinach Pie looks delicious.

  38. I think my family would love the Crunchy Turkey Cutlets….on their own or in a Crunchy turkey burger!

  39. The Grab and Go Turkey Muffins would be a quick family favourite; perfect for breakfast and yummy lunches.

  40. My grandchildren would love the Make-Ahead Creamy Turkey Mac and Cheese.

  41. TURKEY MAC AND CHEESE

  42. We would all love the Turkey Burger Mac ‘n Cheese

  43. The Grab and Go Turkey Muffins! I already make these all the time because they are SO easy to throw in my son’s lunch for school.

  44. Edith Rennes says:

    The Turkey Quesadillas sounds like it could become a family favourite.

  45. Turkey sloppy joe sliders! Yummy!

  46. Linda Svarovsky says:

    Make ahead creamy mac n cheese is a favourite.

  47. We would love the Crunchy Turkey Cutlets

  48. The Quick & Tasty Honey Lemon Rosemary Turkey Tenders are sure to be a family favorite.

  49. JUfy hunting says:

    My children love Mac n cheese so I would love to try turkey Mac n cheese

  50. Turkey burger mac’n’cheese sounds good.

  51. I think the PARTY TURKEY & CRANBERRY QUESADILLAS would be a family favourite!

  52. I’m sure that TURKEY BURGER MAC ‘N CHEESE will easily become a family favourite!

  53. The Turkey Sloppy Joe Sliders would be a family favorite.

  54. The turkey sweet potato burrito looks fantastic – I know we will love it!

  55. Martina Junkin says:

    The meatball subs look so good

  56. fried turkey

  57. Sandi Tymchuk says:

    I’d like to try the Quick & Tasty Honey Lemon Rosemary Turkey Tenders–so useful for leftovers at lunch and suppers.

  58. Sarah Ferguson says:

    I think the turkey burger man n cheese would be super.

  59. The Crunchy Turkey Cutlets would be something our family would enjoy.

  60. Margaret Huitema says:

    MAKE-AHEAD CREAMY TURKEY MAC AND CHEESE would be a hit with my family!

  61. The Spiced Fried Turkey Nuggets

  62. We would like the Best Ever Turkey Chili.

  63. Turkey Burger Mac ‘n Cheese for sure! Thank you!

  64. Turkey lettuce wraps would be yummy!

  65. The turkey bagel burgers would be a hit at my house. I’m sure the kids would like to experiment using different types of bagels!

  66. I can see the Turkey Lettuce Wraps becoming a favourite for all of us! Yum!

  67. Juliee Fitze says:

    I think the kids would really enjoy the CREAMY TURKEY STEW IN A BREAD BOWL.

  68. MINI PIZZA MEATLOAVES , the whole family will love this one !

  69. Victoria Ess says:

    I love the MAKE-AHEAD CREAMY TURKEY MAC AND CHEESE

  70. turkey tacos!

  71. The Crunchy Turkey Cutlets look divine!

  72. my family would like to try the Saucy Turkey Meatball Subs

  73. My kids would love the MAKE-AHEAD CREAMY TURKEY MAC AND CHEESE.

  74. My family would love the The Spiced Fried Turkey Nuggets

  75. The post on your Facebook page this morning about the reason coffee is so popular (because kids don’t like it enough to take it from adults) made me laugh out loud! 😛

  76. Fried Turkey looks amazing

  77. TURKEY AND CRANBERRY SANDWICH SPREAD

  78. Heather Ritz says:

    honey lemon rosemary turkey tenders

  79. LILLIAN BROWN says:

    I know my whole family would like the Stuffed Turkey Rolls with Pasta Sauce

  80. kristen visser says:

    because of my daughters obsession with macaroni … hands down a family favorite would be the Turkey Burger Mac ‘n Cheese

  81. I think my kids will love the party turkey cranberry quesadillas.

  82. The Smoked Turkey Wraps would be a favourite both for a meal or for school lunches!

  83. Stephanie N says:

    I think the CRUNCHY TURKEY CUTLETS would be a big hit

  84. The TURKEY BURGER MAC ‘N CHEESE looks like it could become a family favourite.

  85. Valerie Gibson says:

    TURKEY LASAGNA WITH RICOTTA AND BASIL sounds great.

  86. Turkey nachos for the big and little kids and the tzatzikiand cucumber sandwich

  87. Turkey lettuce wraps would be great for my kids 🙂 such fun ideas! Thanks

  88. The Turkey Quesadillas could definitely become a family favourite!

  89. Mike Gismondi says:

    the turkey meatball sub is our favourite

  90. Wanda Perrier says:

    Italian Turkey and Spinach Pie

  91. Belinda McNabb says:

    The turkey burger mac n cheese/

  92. lynn clayton says:

    MAKE-AHEAD CREAMY TURKEY MAC AND CHEESE

  93. Turkey lettuce wraps..

  94. Love the stuffed turkey rolls with pasta sauce. It’s already a family favourite!

  95. We choose turkey burger mac and cheese.

  96. SAUCY TURKEY MEATBALL SUBS would be a hit in our home.

  97. Spicy friend turkey nuggets, for sure!

  98. STUFFED TURKEY ROLLS WITH PASTA SAUCE sounds like something my kids would love!

  99. Quick & Tasty Honey Lemon Rosemary Turkey Tenders

  100. The Turkey Lettuce Wraps will be a favourite

  101. I’m sure my kids would love the CRUNCHY TURKEY CUTLETS. They sound so good.

  102. Tiffany Rotulo says:

    MAKE-AHEAD CREAMY TURKEY MAC AND CHEESE

  103. Tara Betterley says:

    I would make the MAKE-AHEAD CREAMY TURKEY MAC AND CHEESE

  104. Michelle Policelli says:

    The BAKED TURKEY CHEDDAR RANCH PULL-APART SLIDERS are sure to become a family favourite in our house!

  105. the creamy turkey mac and cheese

  106. Marc-Andre Taillefer says:

    the turkey burger mac and cheese would be a big hit with the family

  107. My kids would love me to make the PORCUPINE MEAT BALLS! So cute and yummy.

  108. turkey mac n cheese

  109. Elizabeth R says:

    We will try the make ahead creamy turkey mac and cheese.

  110. I think the MAKE-AHEAD CREAMY TURKEY MAC AND CHEESE will definitely become a family favourite.

  111. The Turkey Quesadillas would definitely be a family fave!

  112. I’d have to say the Batch Turkey Meatballs.

  113. Stuffed Turkey Rolls with Pasta Sauce

  114. Julie-Lynne McCann says:

    I so want to try Creamy Turkey Mac and Cheese.. looks awesome!

  115. My family will love the The Spiced Fried Turkey Nuggets.

  116. The family is sure to love Piri Piri Grilled Turkey Drummettes

  117. The mac n cheese turkey burger is really yummy! Thanks

  118. The Turkey Lettuce Wraps!

  119. Make-Ahead Creamy Turkey Mac and Cheese!

  120. The MAKE-AHEAD CREAMY TURKEY MAC AND CHEESE is sure to become a favourite for my family.

  121. Julie Bolduc says:

    The Turkey Burger Mac ‘n Cheese sounds so good

  122. I think the Tortilla Pizza Melt will be a hit!

  123. the make ahead mac and cheese would probably be a big hit in our home.

  124. The yummy Stuffed Turkey Rolls with Pasta Sauce would become our family favourite. sound soooo good

  125. The CREAMY TURKEY STEW IN A BREAD BOW

  126. My favourite is APPLE MAC AND CHEESE BAKE

  127. TURKEY SWEET POTATO BURRITO sounds so darn good

  128. The Turkey Lettuce wraps for sure! Great snack , easy to prep and of course healthy

  129. The turkey sloppy joe sliders look delicious!

  130. We’ll be making the fried turkey!

  131. sarah alexis says:

    THe SKY-HIGH VEGGIE PACKED TURKEY NACHOS – ALL THE WAY!!!!!

  132. Carol Denny says:

    TURKEY BURGER MAC ‘N CHEESE

  133. Karla Sceviour says:

    The turkey lettuce wraps is sure to become a family favourite.

  134. TURKEY SLOPPY JOE SLIDERS would be a hit at our home!

  135. Katrina Brady says:

    Turkey sloppy joe sliders

  136. Wendy Jensen says:

    The SMOKED TURKEY WRAPS recipe is the one that would be a family favorite.

  137. Rachel Williams says:

    I think that the honey lemon rosemary turkey tenders would become a quick family hit!

  138. Denise McCrea says:

    The Turkey burger Mac n’ cheese looks amazing!

  139. My son would like the Turkey burger mac n cheese

  140. Amanda Latreille says:

    Definitely the turkey lettuce wraps

  141. i’m confused, when I use the link for finding ways to use the base recipe, the recipes don’t use the base ragu. the recipes all start from stratch.

  142. I think my kids would love the porcupine meatballs. They look tasty and fun to eat!

  143. The Stuffed Turkey Rolls with Pasta Sauce is sure to become a hit and fave lunch at our house.

  144. Erica Seaman says:

    My kids would absolutely love the MINI PIZZA MEATLOAVES.

  145. Jennifer Ann Wilson says:

    Turkey Burger Mac and Cheese is sure to be a hit with our family.

  146. Miriam Wilton says:

    the Stuffed turkey rolls with pasta sauce look amazing

  147. The Good Morning Casserole sounds great!

  148. Crunchy Turkey Cutlets would be great.

  149. stuffed turkey rolls with pasta sauce is appealing.

  150. i think definitely the shredded turkey tacos – taco anything is a huge hit in my house lol

  151. The turkey burger mac and cheese would be a big hit in my house!

  152. https://www.canadianturkey.ca/recipes/auto-draft-11/ this would be great because I’ve done this with other poultry products so know i can do it

  153. I expect smoked turkey wraps to be a big hit.

  154. joanne darrell says:

    Turkey mac and cheese is sure to be our favourite.

  155. Turkey mac and cheese sounds delicious!

  156. My kids would luke the lemon rosemary turkey tenders

  157. my son would like shredded turkey tacos

  158. Audrey SKINNER says:

    Veggie packed turkey nachos would be a hit in our house.

  159. Quick & Tasty Honey Lemon Rosemary Turkey Tenders. My son would eat these every day.

  160. Italian Turkey and Spinach Pie is bound to be a favourite
    https://www.canadianturkey.ca/recipes/italian-turkey-and-spinach-pie/

  161. The BAKED TURKEY CHEDDAR RANCH PULL-APART SLIDERS would be a favourite with my family.

  162. Turkey Burger Mac & Cheese

  163. Crunchy turkey cutlets

  164. The Porcupine Meatballs look cute!

  165. i’m pretty sure the fried turkey would be an universal hit. we don’t eat a lot of fried stuff but really do enjoy a great recipe like the one listed

  166. nancy stokell says:

    TURKEY SLOPPY JOE SLIDERS

  167. the turkey burger mac and cheese would be ahit with my kids casue they love pasta

  168. BAKED TURKEY CHEDDAR RANCH PULL-APART SLIDERS will be a BIG hit!!!
    (now I’m starving haha)

  169. My kids and I would love the CREAMY TURKEY STEW IN A BREAD BOWL, because the concept is just cool, and looks delicious!

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