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Ground Turkey Pasta Sauce

1/4 cup olive oil
1 pound ground turkey
2 garlic cloves -- crushed
1 bay leaf
1 onion -- finely chopped
1 bell pepper -- chopped
1 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
1 can stewed tomatoes - (16 oz)
1 can tomato paste - (8 oz)
1/2 teaspoon dry thyme
2 teaspoons fresh basil (or half the amount dried basil)
1/2 teaspoon oregano
Salt -- to taste
1 teaspoon sugar -- or to taste


Put 1/2 the oil on frying pan, add turkey; brown slowly. While meat is frying, put stewed tomatoes, tomato paste, thyme, basil, oregano, salt and sugar in slow cooker. Stir well and cook on LOW heat.

When turkey is brown (do not overcook, turkey will finish cooking in sauce) add to slow cooker.

Using the rest of the oil, fry onion, pepper, garlic and bay leaf until softened. Add to slow cooker with 1 cup of water and the raw, chopped mushrooms. Cook on LOW 4 hours or more.

Serve with your favorite pasta.

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