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Nutrition information
Serving: 1 1/4 cups (337 grams)
Servings per recipe: 6
Calories: 434 (69 from fat)
Cholesterol: 60 milligrams
Fat: 8 grams (2 saturated fat, 0 trans fats)
Protein: 25 grams
Sodium: 267 milligrams 
Total carbohydrate: 66 grams (5 fiber, 7 sugars)

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Spaghetti with turkey meat sauce

Picky eaters may actually like this low-fat alternative to high-fat red meat sauce.


1 pound ground turkey, extra lean
1 28-ounce can tomatoes, cut up
1 cup finely chopped green pepper
1 cup finely chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced (or more to taste)
1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 pound spaghetti, uncooked *
Non-stick cooking spray as needed

*Low-carb and high-fiber options

It you are watching your carbohydrates or want to increase the fiber in your diet, try one of the following instead of regular spaghetti noodles:

  • Low-carb: Try Tofu Shirataki noodles. They can be found by the tofu in the refrigerated produce section at many grocery stores.
  • High-fiber: Substitute a whole grain pasta.

The above options are not included in the nutrition facts.


  1. Spray a large skillet with non-stick spray coating. Pre-heat over high heat.
  2. Add turkey. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Drain fat and discard.
  3. Stir in tomatoes with their juice, green pepper, onion, garlic, oregano and black pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat.
  4. Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove cover, simmer 15 minutes more.
  5. Meanwhile, cook spaghetti in unsalted water. Drain well.
  6. For one serving, scoop 3/4 cup sauce over 1 1/4 cups spaghetti.


Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Heart Healthy Recipes, nutr-ahc-93462

First published: 03/01/2005
Last updated: 03/14/2012

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department