Sometimes you don’t have 30 minutes to make dinner. That doesn’t mean that you can’t create a quick and delicious dinner for your family. This turkey spaghetti with zoodles (zucchini noodles) is perfect for dinners when you are in a hurry or tired after a long day.
I work full time in an office environment, so there will be days that I come home after a long work day and I just don’t feel like cooking a detailed dinner. Sometimes I just want comfort food – I love me some good comfort food.
When those cravings hit, and they do hit pretty hard, I find something quick and easy to make for dinner.
Most of my recipes are quick and easy, if you peruse through the blog…but some are a bit more elaborate. Quick and easy is probably one of my love languages.
I love spaghetti. Like I would marry marinara sauce if that were legal. This is one of my ultimate comfort foods and it’s so easy to make. But regular noodles – even whole wheat noodles – are not the best when you are on Weight Watchers.
Carbs, in general, should be avoided, if possible. Those points that I am saving from not eating traditional noodles can be used for things like Halo Top or chocolate…so they aren’t wasted.
Using zucchini instead of traditional noodles is something I have been doing for about 2 years – ever since a wonderful family friend bought me a spiralizer for a wedding shower gift. I love that thing.
I also use this make-ahead marinara sauce that is so easy to make and to die for. It’s seriously delicious. You can make this over the weekend and use it throughout the week for various recipes if you need to.
Using marinara sauce that you made earlier in the week makes this recipe so come together so much faster!
You could also freeze the marinara sauce after you make it over the weekend and have it on hand when you are ready to use it. Just thaw and start cooking!
To make this turkey spaghetti with zoodles recipe:
Using a spiralizer, make the zoodles and set aside.
Heat a large non-stick skillet to medium heat. Add the turkey and cook until it’s browned; drain and set aside. Add the onions and garlic and saute until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the meat back into the pan and add the marinara sauce. Mix together and let the marinara sauce heat up. Add the spices and mix together. Let the sauce boil.
Serve immediately over the bed of zoodles you spiralized earlier.
Turkey Spaghetti with Zoodles
- 3 large zucchinis spiralized
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 Make-Ahead Marinara Sauce
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1 teaspoon parsley
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 Tablespoon garlic salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Using a spiralizer, make the zoodles and set aside.
- Heat a large non-stick skillet to medium heat. Add the turkey and cook until it’s browned. Drain and set aside. Add the onions and garlic and saute until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
- Add the meat back into the pan and add the marinara sauce. Mix together and let the marinara sauce heat up. Add the spices and mix together. Let the sauce boil. Serve immediately over a bed of zoodles.
Yes, I love that idea! And this could be used for so many things.
A serving size is 1 cup, but this makes much more than just one serving.
I think for variety this can be made with any ground meat and any sauce it’s such a wonderfully simple recipe. Spaghetti sauce, alfredo sauce, enchilada sauce,…hamburger, chicken, sausage of any kind, etcetera.
How much marinara sauce? As the link to the recipe calls for 2 28oz cans of tomatoes, I don’t imagine this recipe requires the whole amount? I’m guessing one cup?
I love zoodles too. I love how crunchy they are when they are raw…and they warm up with the spaghetti sauce. So tasty!
That is so funny…and it’s so easy and perfect. I love quick and easy meals – just like this one.
I love zoodles! I never make turkey spaghetti but I need to try it!
We make the same thing at least once a month! It’s so easy and tasty!