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Italian Turkey Zoodles

Rated as 4.43 out of 5 Stars

"This is an easy low-carb pasta with tomato meat sauce that is so yummy, and has a mild kick."
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1 h 18 m servings 380
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 380 calories; 17.2 17.1 40.2 110 3074 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

My family loves zoodles and this is a fantastic recipe! I made a few adjustments that I think made it even yummier and perhaps a bit more nutritious. I sautéed one chopped onion and one choppe...

Most helpful critical review

Sorry, way too salty. I should have listened to the other reviewers and reduced the salt by half or more and season to taste. I ended up adding another can of diced tomatoes and tons of sugar ...

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My family loves zoodles and this is a fantastic recipe! I made a few adjustments that I think made it even yummier and perhaps a bit more nutritious. I sautéed one chopped onion and one choppe...

Ground turkey is not normally one of my favorite meats, but what really worked with this for me was all the spices. The meat was full of flavor. I chose to use white balsamic vinegar rather than...

Am eating leftovers lunch.loved it ,never had minced turkey before it's great.Oh and hubby also loved it

Delicious had everyone fooled they were eating pasta!!

Was delicious!!! Made a few minor tweaks. I only used 2 medium zucchini and that was plenty. I try to cut out as much salt as possible, so I didn't do the sprinkling with a tablespoon of salt, j...

This is a great low cal meal and it's really tasty. I felt like I had eaten a big plate of pasta, but there are hardly and carbs (just the cheese). My husband loved it too. I reduced the amou...

I added fresh parsley and basil. Also added chopped red pepper and mushrooms. I did not salt and drain my zoodles.. I just added them with the meat and sauce and veggies. Baked as directed and p...

Excellent! One tip- if you are in a hurry, skip the part that makes the sauce and use jar marinara sauce- it turned out great!

I was surprised at how much the zucchini shrunk up after the salting process. That really kept them from getting mushy. Everyone loved this dish and I will definitely make it again. The only ch...