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Spaghetti with Turkey Garlic Tomato Sauce

gluten-free spaghetti with garlic turkey tomato sauce on a white ceramic plate with a silver fork

My children’s childhoods would have been much diminished were it not for this dish, which I’ve made almost weekly for as long as they’ve been able to eat solid food. It’s fast, easy and it tastes great. My husband loves it. He even asks for it on his birthday.

Spaghetti with turkey garlic sauce is comfort food that children actually eat. No whining, no barking (OK, I’m probably imagining that), no complaining. It requires two bottles of spaghetti sauce, ground turkey, half a head of fresh garlic, an onion and some salt and pepper.

I made this recipe long before I had children, even in my early 20s before I learned how to cook. I ate it for dinner along with steamed broccoli three or four days a week (the rest of the time I ate take-out Chinese food), and I never got tired of it. My family still loves eating it, even after all these years.

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Spaghetti with Turkey Garlic Tomato Sauce

Simple, quick, delicious. What more can you ask of dinner? Leftovers make great lunches.


  • 1 pound gluten-free spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6-8 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 1 pound ground organic turkey
  • 2 bottles spaghetti sauce (I use Trader Joe's Organic Spaghetti Sauce with Mushrooms)



Boil two quarts of water in a large saucepan.


Add the spaghetti and cook for 6-8 minutes stirring frequently to prevent the spaghetti from sticking together.


Taste a small piece to test for doneness.


Remove the spaghetti from the heat and pour into a colander in the sink. Pour cold water over the pasta to stop it from cooking.


Return the pasta to the warm saucepan and cover.


In a medium saucepan with a lid, heat the oils over medium heat until they shimmer.


Add the onion and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.


Stir in the garlic and sauté for 1 minute.


Add the ground turkey, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until all the pink color is gone.


Stir in the bottled spaghetti sauce.


Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.


Serve over gluten-free spaghetti.

I almost always cook with red onions. Colorful food is supposed to be healthier for you. Sauté the onions for five minutes in a mixture of olive oil and coconut oil.

red onions in a stainless steel pan with a wood spoon

The flavor in this recipe comes from lots of sliced garlic. I use half a head of garlic, at least 6-8 cloves.

sliced garlic cloves with a stainless knife on a wood board

Sauté the garlic with the onions for no more than a minute, until the garlic begins to wilt.

garlic and red onions in a stainless pan with a wooden spoon

Cook the ground turkey with the garlic and onions until the pink color is gone.

ground turkey in a stainless steel pan

Pour on bottled sauce, simmer for 20 minutes, and dinner is ready.

gluten-free spaghetti with garlic turkey tomato sauce on a white ceramic plate with a silver fork

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