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Sugo Sciue Sciue (Fast Ragu)

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Serves 4-6 | Prep Time 15 minutes | Cook Time 30 minutes

Why I Love This Recipe

This is one of our typical "go to" pasta sauces for building a filling, comforting and tasty dinner is just about 30 minutes. For us, it also yields plenty of leftover for later in the week. I like this sauce both for its speed of assembly and also for the way the meat breaks up into small pieces and mingles so nicely with the pasta.

As the name implies, this is a quick ragu, not one that is designed to cook for hours and hours. This gives is a slightly fresher taste, especially if using who, fresh tomatoes instead of canned tomatoes or tomato sauce. I like my pasta sauce smooth, so tomato sauce is my base of choice, perhaps with a small addition of Italian Tomato paste.

This recipe originally appeared as part of Recipes in Rotation on My Word with Douglas E. Welch (

Ingredients You'll Need

2 Tbls olive oil
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
3 cloves garlic
1 lb ground turkey
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley or 1 Tbls dried
8-10 fresh basil leaves or 1tsp dried
2 14oz cans tomato sauce, or 28oz chopped fresh tomatoes
Salt and Pepper
1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
Pinch cayenne pepper
1 lb pasta of your choice
Grated Pecorino or Parmesan cheese for the table


Heat olive oil in large, tall-sided pot or skillet

Add chopped onion and garlic and cook slowly over low heat until soft

Add meat and sauté over high heat. Break up any large lumps

Add parsley and basil

Cook until meat is no longer pink

Add tomatoes, salt and pepper, red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper

Cook over medium-low heat until sauce comes together and thickens, approximately 30 minutes. There is no need to cook this for hours.

Cook pasta as directed, drain -- reserving a bit of the pasta water

Add drained pasta to the sauce and cook for 1-2 minutes longer. Add a bit of pasta water if the sauce is too thick

Serve while warm with Pecorino or Parmesan Cheese for topping

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