Regardless of your stance on pasta, you no longer need to fuss about the health benefits when it comes to this pasta recipe. It’s ready in about 15 minutes, and it doesn’t have to be covered in cheese to taste good. The secret here is that instead of a flour or dough-based pasta, which is where the carb overload comes in, this pasta is made  with zucchini. But have no fear, you won’t have to sacrifice taste.

Also, the meat in this recipe is used for protein benefit, but can be left out for a vegetarian dish that is even lower in calories.

What you need (serving size: 2 or 3 plates)

  • 2 large zucchini
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1/2 pound of ground turkey breast
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • One 14 oz. can of low sodium tomato sauce
  • Grated parmesan cheese to serve (optional)


  1. Bring your stove to medium heat, and pour the olive oil in a large pot over the stove
  2. Add the ground turkey and garlic in the pot. Break apart the meat and mix with a spoon
  3. Add the bay leaf, red pepper flakes and a dash of salt and pepper to the mix
  4. Then, add the tomato sauce and 3/4 cup of water. Make sure the pot is brought to a simmer
  5. Chop off the ends of the zucchini and cut each zucchini into 1/4-inch slices lengthwise
  6. On a cutting board, lay the sliced flat and use a sharp and thin knife to cut even thinner strips. Cut them to resemble fettuccine pasta strips
  7. Add the zucchini strips into the sauce and toss for about 5 minutes or until the zucchini is slightly cooked. It’s really yummy to serve al dente. But if you wanted a softer texture, keep cooking until the level of softness desired is reached
  8. This is optional, but dust with grated parmesan cheese to serve if you choose

And voila, a zucchini pasta that you can feel good about!

What do you think?

What do you think of this recipe? Have you tried to make it? What are your other healthy recipes that you enjoy making? Share with us in the comments section below.

1 Comment

  1. avatar Amanda says:

    I made this and it was pretty good. I would like the sauce thicker though so I would suggest a little less water. I used less tomato sauce and cut up fresh tomatoes too.

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