Spaghetti dinner with homemade sauce

Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Total Time 25 minutes
Serves 4 servings     adjust servings

A healthier spaghetti dinner with ground turkey, whole wheat noodles and a simple, and simply divine, homemade sauce.


  • 1 pound whole wheat spaghetti
  • 1 pound ground turkey (see notes)
  • 2-3 cups of spaghetti sauce (homemade - it's fast and easy!)
  • Optional toppings: grated Parmesan cheese, chopped fresh parsley or basil


  1. Bring your water to a boil, salt it very generously and add your spaghetti noodles. Check your package for cooking time (usually about 7-9 minutes). Cook until al dente, which means its tender but still has a little bit of a bite to it, and drain.
  2. Meanwhile, brown your ground turkey in a large pan over medium heat. I don’t use olive oil - find I don’t even need it.
  3. Once the turkey is cooked through, add enough spaghetti sauce to your liking and stir well to combine and heat through. We like our spaghetti extra saucy and use 3 cups. Probably because the homemade sauce is so, so good!
  4. Serve the turkey and sauce over the spaghetti noodles. Pile it high on your plate, then pile it a little higher and sprinkle with desired toppings. Dive in!

Recipe Notes

I use a package that is 1.25 pounds of ground turkey and we like the 7% fat variety. If you use a higher fat content (such as the 15%), you may need to drain some of the oil from the browned turkey before adding in your sauce. Alternatively, you could sub ground beef or a mix of ground meats. Just don't leave too much grease in the pan; it'll weigh down your sauce.
Make ahead: You can certainly make the spaghetti sauce ahead of time and can even cook the turkey ahead. Then just warm the meat and sauce mixture up in a saute pan while you’re cooking your spaghetti noodles. And then this is ready in 15 minutes (boiling water + cooking noodles time). Ta-da!

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