Cheddar Cheese Turkey Meat Sauce

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Can you imagine the hint of a cheeseburger in a meat sauce? Imagine no more, it’s for real. This recipe is for sure next level. The making of this star sauce includes some really good quality mild or sharp cheddar cheese, lean turkey ground meat, a good quality pasta sauce of your liking and add some shredded or grated carrots for a little health kick. I actually used my Homemade Basil Garlic Tomato Sauce and sautéed onions, celery and thyme to round out the cheesy flavored meat sauce.

This is one of the newest favorite sauces at our dinner table. Make a big batch ’cause the leftovers are even better! I hope you will make this recipe and enjoy it as much as we do. Happy cooking!

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Cheddar Cheese Turkey Meat Sauce

The most amazing Cheesy Turkey Meat Sauce that's great for any weekday or weeknight dinner table.

Course Dinner, Entree, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword Carrot Recipes, Cheddar Cheese, Easy Meat Sauce, Quarantine Comfort Food, Tomato Sauce, Turkey Meat Sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 People (or up to 8)
Calories 468 kcal
Author Yasmin Jackson


  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 42 ounces Tomato Sauce Use your favorite sauce. I used my homemade Basil Garlic Tomato Sauce
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese mild or sharp. Shredded. 1/2 of the cheese will go into the sauce and 1/2 used for garnish.
  • 2 small celery stalks roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch thyme remove leaves and discard stems
  • 2 medium carrots cleaned and shredded (or grated)
  • 1/2 large onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


  1. In a 5 quart heavy bottom dutch oven pot, heat 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil.

  2. Add the ground turkey, stir frequently to prevent lumps. Cook until meat is no longer pink and any liquid released has mostly evaporated. Remove the cooked meat and set aside.

  3. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the remaining olive oil.

  4. Sauté the onions, celery and thyme. Cook 2 minutes until onions are translucent.

  5. Add the shredded carrots. Season with a pinch of the salt and pepper. Stir. Cook 5 minutes to allow the flavors to come together.

  6. Add back the cooked turkey meat. Stir to combine.

  7. Add the tomato sauce. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer 30 minutes.

  8. Turn off the stove. Add 1/2 of the cheddar cheese. Stir until melted.

  9. Serve with your favorite pasta. Garnish with more cheddar cheese and basil, if desired. Enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Turkey works very well in this sauce as it is less fatty than red meat. Feel free to substitute beef ground meat.

You can also add more of the cheese depending on how cheesy you want it – I do think the 4 ounces work best and just top off with some of the freshly shredded remaining cheese.

If you are not a fan of carrots, you can make that ingredient optional.

Nutrition Facts
Cheddar Cheese Turkey Meat Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 468 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 123mg41%
Sodium 1755mg76%
Potassium 1233mg35%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 48g96%
Vitamin A 4704IU94%
Vitamin C 17mg21%
Calcium 318mg32%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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