Making an Excellent Turkey Spaghetti for Dinner
March 22, 2016
Spaghetti is usually a crowd pleasure, whether it is made with a meat sauce or with meatballs. However, if you make it using regular ground beef or hamburger meat it can be very fattening. A healthy option or alternative to use instead of regular ground beef is to use ground turkey, which when used in a tomato sauce usually tastes almost the same, but can contain a lot less fat. As long as you choose lean ground turkey or ground turkey breast you will be eliminating the majority of the fat and the spaghetti will be a healthier alternative to the normal dish.
Making an excellent turkey spaghetti for dinner can be easily accomplished if you consider the likes and dislikes of your family. First, consider the type of spaghetti you use. Whole-wheat spaghetti is healthier, since it contains more protein and fiber, but some families do not like the flavor. Next, decide whether to use meatballs or meat sauce. Using a meat sauce can save time, and insure that the meat is spread throughout the sauce so everyone gets some and any leftover sauce still contains meat. If you have time, you can make a tomato sauce from fresh tomatoes, but doctoring up a store-bought sauce can make it taste almost as good as homemade. Choose the types of vegetables you want to include to add more flavor to the dish. Onion and garlic are common, but people add many other vegetables as well, including green pepper, mushrooms, spinach, butternut squash and grated carrots. Adding vegetables increases the nutritional value of the meal. Finally, choose which spices you want to use to add more flavor. Some people find ground turkey to be less flavorful than ground beef, and using spices, such as garlic, oregano, basil, salt and pepper can improve the flavor of the final dish.
Once you have decided on the ingredients you want to use, boil water and begin cooking your pasta. Start making the spaghetti sauce by using a small amount of olive oil and sauteing your vegetables and ground turkey. If you choose to make a meat sauce, then add your tomato or spaghetti sauce and simmer to allow the flavors to blend. Meatballs should be cooked separately and then added to the sauce to insure they are completely cooked through. Drain your noodles and top with the sauce and Parmesan or other cheese, if desired.