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Recipe: Healthy Turkey Spaghetti

Recipe: Healthy Turkey Spaghetti

Recipe: Healthy Turkey Spaghetti




  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped yellow sweet onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 ¼ pounds ground turkey (lean or extra lean)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes in tomato puree
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup red wine (or 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup finely grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (yes the good stuff so you don’t have to use as much)
  • 8-10 oz. enriched spaghetti (I use Barrilla Plus) or pasta of your choice


Heat the olive oil in a large (10 to 12-inch) skillet. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes over medium-low heat, until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the ground turkey, oregano and red pepper flakes and cook over medium-low heat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until no longer pink. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, the parsley, the basil and the wine.  Season with salt and pepper.  Simmer, uncovered, over medium-low heat, for 15 to 20 minutes, until thickened.

While the sauce is simmering, cook pasta to your preference.  Drain and serve topped with sauce and sprinkle with cheese.