Rating: 4.5 stars
33 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

This is an easy low-carb pasta with tomato meat sauce that is so yummy, and has a mild kick.

Recipe Summary

15 mins
38 mins
25 mins
1 hr 18 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Make zucchini noodles using a spiralizer or julienne peeler. Place noodles in a colander and cover liberally with 1 tablespoon salt. Let sit until noodles release some moisture, about 20 minutes. Rinse noodles and pat dry.

  • Place ground turkey, garlic salt, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, and red pepper flakes in a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir until turkey is browned and juices run clear, about 5 minutes. Drain grease.

  • Push turkey to the sides of the skillet to make an empty space in the center. Add olive oil and minced garlic; cook until garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute.

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  • Stir diced tomatoes, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, parsley, basil, Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and black pepper into the skillet. Bring to a boil; cook until sauce thickens, about 15 minutes. Stir in noodles. Cover with cottage cheese. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese evenly on top.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted, about 15 minutes. Turn on broiler and broil until cheese is golden brown, about 2 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Cook's Notes:

Ricotta cheese can be used in the place of cottage cheese, and ground beef or ground chicken can replace the ground turkey if desired. Substitute 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil for the dried if preferred.

A jar of spaghetti sauce can also be used in the place of the tomatoes, tomato paste, and spices to speed things up, but I don't feel that it's quite as good.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of salt. The actual amount of salt consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

380 calories; protein 40.2g; carbohydrates 17.1g; fat 17.2g; cholesterol 110.2mg; sodium 3073.5mg. Full Nutrition