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Spaghetti with meat sauce

Points® value
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
20 min
45 min
Our Italian-style meat sauce swaps in lean ground turkey for beef while keeping robust traditional seasonings, such as garlic, oregano, crushed red pepper, and basil. It’s sure to hit the spot at your family’s next spaghetti dinner. Enjoy with a simple green salad and hunks of Italian bread to sop up every bit of saucy deliciousness.


Cooking spray

4 spray(s)


1 cup(s), chopped


4 clove(s), large, finely chopped

Canned tomatoes

58 oz, (2 x 28-oz cans) plum tomatoes with juices, coarsely chopped

Canned tomato paste

6 oz

Dried basil

1½ tsp(s)

Dried oregano

1 tsp(s)


1 tsp(s)

Table salt

½ tsp(s)

Crushed red pepper flakes

¼ tsp(s), (optional)

Uncooked spaghetti

12 oz

Uncooked extra lean ground turkey breast

20 oz

Grated Parmesan cheese

2 tbsp(s), or Romano cheese


  1. Coat a medium pot with cooking spray and heat over medium- high. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, oregano, sugar, salt, and crushed red pepper (if using) and bring to a simmer. Simmer, uncovered, until the sauce has thickened, 25 to 35 minutes, stirring often.
  2. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain the pasta and keep warm.
  3. Meanwhile, coat a 12-inch skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high. Add the turkey and cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Stir the turkey into the tomato sauce and cook for 5 minutes. Serve the sauce over the pasta and sprinkle with the cheese.
  4. Serving size: about 1 cup pasta and 1/2 cup sauce