Secret Family Recipe Spaghetti Sauce

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My toddler LOVED this spaghetti! Like, fistfuls of ‘sgetti straight to the mouth she loved it so much. And the best part is I feel good about serving it to her because I know exactly what’s in it! Just a teaspoon of sugar added to the entire recipe (to offset the acidity of the tomatoes) and no artificial flavors or ingredients you can’t pronounce! We are working on teaching her to use a spoon and although most of the time she ends up scooping the food right into her hair, she’d definitely improving. I am still consistently amazed at all the things her little brain has learned in just over a year.


We are at that stage where I thought by now we would be adopting another child. I always had it in my head that we would adopt two children and they’d be rather close in age. I grew up with a brother who was 14 months younger than me and although we had our fair share of fights, for the most part I really enjoyed having a built in friend and childhood playmate. And now that we are older I appreciate him even more than I used to!


But lately I find myself thinking about how much I appreciate being able to really soak up every minute of our daughter’s toddlerness without distraction. And I’m not sure if I’m ready for another baby yet. I love being able to focus and pay attention to her when she needs me. Obviously we are encouraging her to be autonomous and independent as she gets older, but we definitely fall into the attachment parenting category and appreciate all the snuggles and cuddles she offers. I like that we are just this cute little family of three. It seems simple. I like simple. The more I think about it, the more I wonder if we shouldn’t wait until she’s 5-6 before diving into the adoption process again. Once she’s off to school and gaining her independence and you know, using a toilet and a spoon properly!


I’ve never been one of those people who had a life plan or even a dream of what I thought my life would be like. I prefer to go with the flow and see where the tide takes me. So I suppose this is just another shift in our family’s future. I am sure we will still have another child, but for now I am feeling very content just being the three musketeers.

Secret Family Recipe Spaghetti Sauce

  • Servings: 12 cups
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  • 1 lb. ground turkey (turkey sausage would be great too)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • (2) 28 oz. cans tomato puree
  • 3 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


Start by browning the ground turkey in a large pot over medium heat. Once cooked through, drain grease and transfer cooked turkey to a bowl; set aside. Then heat olive oil in the same large pot over medium heat. Add onion and a pinch of salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally for about 4 minutes. Then add garlic and cook for another minute. Add all remaining ingredients, including more salt and pepper to taste, and the cooked turkey. Stir to combine and bring to a low simmer. Turn the heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Serve with your favorite pasta and a moderate amount of fresh Parmesan cheese.

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