I did not grow up eating sausage, and the first time I ate Italian Sausage as an adult I did not like it. Trial and error taught me that I don’t like fennel seed.
When I started Weight Watchers (now called simply WW), one of the members @dhallakx7 made a cookbook of low point recipes. This means they are lower in fats and sugars and higher in protein. He made a low fat sausage by using ground turkey instead of pork. I took his recipe a step further by using ground turkey breast (zero points on WW Freestyle) and of course I left out the fennel seed. I made a few other small changes…
I added my turkey “sausage” to a pasta sauce and it’s delicious! Here’s how you can make this low point recipe at home:
- 1 lb ground turkey breast
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1 TB plan, fat free Greek Yogurt
- 1 tsp dried Italian herbs
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1 TB dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
- 2 TB beef broth
- 3/4 tsp paprika
- 1 1/2 TB red wine vinegar
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
- Heat a large skillet on medium heat and add turkey.
- Stir together all the other ingredients.
- As turkey begins to cook (it will turn from pink to white) stir in all other ingredients.
- Continue cooking and stirring, breaking up the meat with a spatula as you go.
- 1 TB olive oil
- 1/2 onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 (16 ounce) can chopped tomatoes (mine were stewed in Italian spices)
- 1 (15 ounce) can canned tomato sauce (mine was no salt added)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 bay leaf
- Your homemade turkey sausage
- Red wine, optional
- In the large skillet from the sausage, heat olive oil, garlic and onion over medium heat approx. five minutes.
- Pour in tomatoes and tomato sauce. Mix in salt, ground black pepper, basil, oregano, bay leaf and cooked sausage. Simmer uncovered for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove bay leaf from sauce before serving. If you have the points available, stir in about 2 oz. red wine. I used pinot noir.
- Spoon cooked sauce over hot pasta (sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese if you have the points available) and enjoy!