This Ground Turkey Spaghetti is a simple, flavorful, satisfying dinner that is protein packed and rocks 3 added vegetables (grated carrot, grated zucchini + chopped spinach). It is done cooking in just 20 minutes, making it the perfect healthier comfort food to whip up on those nights when you just need an easy win.

A skillet filled with ground turkey spaghetti. A fork is taking a helping of the spaghetti. The skillet is sitting on a counter and is surrounded by a small dish filled with salt and ground black pepper, a small plate filled with fresh basil leaves, a napkin, and a small plate with cheese, a cheese grater, and grated cheese.

This ground turkey with spaghetti is one of those recipes that I have made time and time again for my family, but never thought people would be interested in it because it felt so….simple. But that is also exactly WHY I want to add it here for you all — because it IS a staple recipe that I turn to time and time again! And, because it is delightfully easy, while also being hearty, and is done in under 25 minutes, it is PERFECT for those busy weeknights when you just can’t even think about cooking multiple things — but you also want to be sure your family gets a balanced dinner that has protein + veggies + carbs. My family basically runs to the table when I make this for dinner…and fights over the leftovers. Now that’s what I call a win-win.

All ingredients for Ground Turkey Spaghetti sitting together on countertop before cooking.
Ingredients: spaghetti, olive oil, onion, zucchini, carrot, ground turkey, kosher salt, ground black pepper, paprika, Italian seasoning, garlic cloves, finely chopped spinach (or thawed frozen spinach), pasta sauce, fire-roasted diced tomatoes, fresh basil

How to make this pasta: a visual step-by-step guide

If you are a visual person, here is a picture guide for how the recipe should look at each step. Be sure to grab the exact measurements for the ingredients by scrolling down to the recipe card below.

A pot filled with water and spaghetti sitting on a counter.
Cook pasta in a pot of salted boiling water according to package instructions.
A colander filled with strained spaghetti sitting on a counter. A glass measuring cup with pasta water is also on the counter.
Save 1 cup of cooking water before draining.
A skillet on a counter filled with raw grated vegetables and salt.
While the pasta cooks, heat the oil in a large pot or skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the onions, grated zucchini, and, grated carrots. Season with ½ teaspoon of salt.
A skillet on a counter filled with a cooked vegetable mixture and being stirred with a wooden spoon.
Cook for about 5 minutes or until the veggies start to soften.
A skillet on a counter filled cooked vegetable mixture, salt, spices, and ground turkey. Ground turkey is being broken up with a wooden spoon.
Crumble the ground turkey into the pot/skillet with the veggies. Add the remaining ½ teaspoon salt, pepper, paprika, and oregano. Cook, breaking apart the meat with a large wooden spoon, until cooked. About 7 minutes.
A skillet on a counter filled with cooked vegetable mixture and ground turkey.
Add garlic to the pot/skillet and cook for 1 minute, or until garlic is fragrant.
A skillet on a counter filled cooked vegetable and ground turkey mixture and topped with chopped spinach, diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Pasta water is being poured into the skillet.
Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, spinach and ½ cup pasta water to the pot/skillet and stir to combine.
A skillet on a counter filled with cooked turkey spaghetti sauce and being stirred with a wooden spoon.
Bring to a simmer and cook uncovered for about 5 minutes or until spinach has wilted.
A skillet on a counter filled with cooked turkey spaghetti sauce.
If you would like the sauce to be thinner, stir in the remaining ½ cup of water and simmer for a couple extra minutes.
A skillet on a counter filled with cooked turkey spaghetti sauce. Cooked spaghetti is being stirred into the turkey spaghetti sauce with a wooden spoon.
Stir in cooked and drained pasta until it is evenly distributed in the veggie turkey mixture. Portion out and top with fresh basil, if using.
A skillet filled with ground turkey spaghetti sitting on a counter.

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Two plates filled with ground turkey spaghetti and garnished with basil leaves. A fork is taking a helping of the spaghetti on both plates. Plates are on a counter and surrounded by a napkin, a small dish filled with sal and ground black pepper, a few basil leaves, and a small plate with cheese, grater, and grated cheese.
Ground Turkey Spaghetti served
5 from 3 votes

Ground Turkey Pasta (w/ 3 added veggies!)

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cuisine: American
Course: Main Course
This Ground Turkey Spaghetti is a simple, flavorful, satisfying dinner that is protein packed and rocking 3 added vegetables (grated carrot, grated zucchini + chopped spinach). It is done cooking in just 20 minutes, making it the perfect healthier comfort food to whip up on those nights when you just need an easy win.

Ingredients
 

  • 4 ounces spaghetti, broken in half, or pasta of choice. You can use gluten free if needs
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely diced. About 1 cup
  • 1 medium zucchini, grated. About 1½ cups loose packed after grating. Do not squeeze out the moisture.
  • 1 large carrot, peeled + grated. About 1½ cups
  • 1 pound ground turkey, I used 93%
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • cups finely chopped spinach, or ¾ cup thawed frozen spinach
  • cups pasta sauce
  • 14.5 ounces fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • fresh basil, finely chopped + optional garnish

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta in a pot of salted boiling water according to package instructions. Save 1 cup of cooking water before draining.
  • While the pasta cooks, heat the oil in a large pot or skillet over medium heat.
  • Once hot, add the onions, grated zucchini, and, grated carrots. Season with ½ teaspoon of salt and cook for about 5 minutes or until the veggies start to soften.
  • Crumble the ground turkey into the pot/skillet with the veggies. Add the remaining ½ teaspoon salt, pepper, paprika, and oregano. Cook, breaking apart the meat with a large wooden spoon, until cooked. About 7 minutes.
  • Add garlic to the pot/skillet and cook for 1 minute, or until garlic is fragrant.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, spinach and ½ cup pasta water to the pot/skillet and stir to combine.
  • Bring to a simmer and cook uncovered for about 5 minutes or until spinach has wilted. If you would like the sauce to be thinner, stir in the remaining ½ cup of water and simmer for a couple extra minutes.
  • Stir in cooked and drained pasta until it is evenly distributed in the veggie turkey mixture
  • Portion out and top with fresh basil, if using.
  • Allow leftovers to cool before transferring to an air-tight container and storing in your fridge for up to 4 days. Or place ground turkey pasta into an air-tight, freezer-safe container and freezer for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in your fridge when you are ready to enjoy or defrost in your microwave for a last minute veggie-loaded dinner.

Notes

Suggested Adaptations 
  • Omit any of the veggies that you don’t have or want. Or sub the carrots with extra zucchini, the zucchini with extra carrot and so on.
  • Frozen spinach will also work in this recipe. Use about 1/2 cup frozen spinach in place of the fresh. 
  • You can use frozen carrots + zucchini, however, those are not typically sold grated. If you don’t mind a chunkier cut of veggie, you can use the conventionally frozen version of these veggies instead of fresh grated…just add an additional few minutes on for them frozen veggies to cook down in the sauce.
  • Make this gluten free by using your favorite gluten free pasta. 
  • Add more veggies to the mix. Some frozen riced cauliflower, chopped bell peppers or finely chopped mushrooms would also be a delicious addition to this ground turkey pasta.
Serving: 0.25recipe, Calories: 381kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 28g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 84mg, Sodium: 1282mg, Potassium: 864mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 5066IU, Vitamin C: 24mg, Calcium: 111mg, Iron: 4mg