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

Quick and easy pasta dish

Recipe: Low-Fat Turkey Pasta With Parmesan Cheese and Garlic

If you think pasta is off the menu because of high carbohydrates, reconsider. You can use half (or all) whole grain pasta and add lean protein and veggies for a healthier, 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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½ pound enriched spaghetti
½ pound whole wheat spaghetti
¾ pound ground turkey breast, 99% lean
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 cups broccoli, fresh or fresh-frozen
½ Tbsp garlic power
¼ 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 salt and stir it through the meat.
  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.
  3. Meanwhile cook the pasta per package directions. In the last 1-1.5 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 the skillet. Mix pasta, broccoli, and meat together evenly.  Add and mix Parmesan cheese to skillet.

Nutrition information

Makes 6 servings.

Calories 380
Total Fat 5g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 25mg
Sodium 100mg
Total Carbohydrate 59g
Dietary Fiber 7g
Sugars 2g
Protein 27g

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Recipe courtesy of  Digestive Disease Health Team Dietitians

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