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December 7, 2022/Diet, Food & Fitness/Recipes

Recipe: Whole-Wheat Spaghetti With Turkey, Broccoli, Parmesan Cheese and Garlic

Fewer carbs, lean protein and a pop of greens make this classic a tasty alternative

wheat spaghetti with ground turkey and broccoli

If you think pasta is off the menu because it’s high in carbohydrates, reconsider. You can use half (or all) whole-grain pasta and add lean protein and veggies for a healthier — and tasty — alternative. The fiber and nutrients in this recipe offer better blood glucose control with limited carbohydrates, saturated fat and sodium.


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  • 1/2 pound enriched spaghetti
  • 1/2 pound whole wheat spaghetti
  • 3/4 pound ground turkey breast, 99% lean
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups broccoli, fresh or fresh-frozen
  • 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, fat-free


  1. Coat a large skillet with 1 tablespoon olive oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add turkey and break up the meat with a fork while it browns for approximately 5 minutes. Add garlic powder and stir.
  2. Line a heat-resistant bowl with paper towels. Dump turkey into bowl and allow extra grease to soak into the paper towel. Return meat to skillet and let sit on low heat.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta per package directions. In the last 1 to 1.5 minutes, add fresh-frozen broccoli to the pasta pot. (If adding fresh broccoli, allow slightly more time for broccoli to cook depending on desired tenderness. For crisp-tender, allow a full 2 minutes of cook time.)
  4. Drain pasta/broccoli from pot and add to skillet. Mix pasta, broccoli and turkey together evenly. Add and mix Parmesan cheese to skillet.

Nutrition information (per serving)

Makes 6 servings

Calories: 380
Total fat: 5 g
Saturated fat: 1 g
Trans fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 25 mg
Sodium: 100 mg
Total carbohydrate: 59 g
Dietary fiber: 7 g
Sugar: 2 g
Protein: 27 g

Recipe courtesy of Digestive Disease Health Team Dietitians.


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