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How to Make a One-Pot Spaghetti That Diabetics (and Others) Can Eat

This is a good, easy recipe to make when you're tired, need to cook something nutritious quickly, and don't want to wash even one more pot after dinner. The spaghetti--in this case whole grain or high protein--is high in fiber and can be eaten (in moderation) if you are watching your carbohydrates. The noodles cook with the sauce and soak up some of the moisture from the sauce, giving the noodles extra flavor. I use lean ground turkey in the sauce, which is keeps the fat in the dish low and the protein high. The sauce isn't complicated, and, after it simmers a bit, you add the spaghetti to the same pot. Everything works. You get a nice, tasty spaghetti meal in about 30 minutes with minimum cleanup. Plus, the leftovers are great for lunches. Enjoy!

How to Make a One-Pot Spaghetti That Diabetics (and Others) Can Eat
How to Make a One-Pot Spaghetti That Diabetics (and Others) Can Eat

Easy One-Pot Turkey Spaghetti -- Serves 4+


1 tablespoon of canola oil

1 small onion, chopped

1 stalk of celery, chopped (about 1/4 cup)

1/2 cup of shredded carrot (from a bag is just fine)

16 ounces of lean ground turkey (93 percent)

1 teaspoons of salt, divided

1/4 teaspoon of pepper

1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder

2 teaspoons of dried Italian herbs/seasoning

1 teaspoon of dried basil

1 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes

2-3 tablespoons of tomato paste

28-ounces of water (use the can from the crushed tomatoes to measure)

6 ounces of whole grain or high protein spaghetti noodles

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Fresh basil (optional)


In a large chef's pan or deep skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, and carrot and saute them together for about five minutes or until they begin to soften. Crumble in the ground turkey and sprinkle on half of the salt. Saute the turkey and vegetables together for 8-10 minutes or until the turkey is cooked through. Add the pepper, garlic powder, and herbs and stir them into the turkey mixture for a minute or two. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, and remaining salt and stir them into the meat mixture. Stir in the the water. Bring the mixture to a boil and add the spaghetti. I break the pasta strands in half, because it's easier to stir them in that way. Reduce the heat a little so that the mixture bubbles gently and doesn't boil over. Cook the spaghetti in the sauce for about 10 minutes or until the spaghetti is done and most of the sauce has been absorbed. Turn off the heat and stir in the Parmesan. Taste the sauce and add a little more salt if you think it's necessary. Stir the spaghetti mixture and let it sit for five minutes or so. The pasta will continue to absorb the sauce. Stir the spaghetti mixture again before serving it and sprinkle on some fresh basil, if you like.

How to Make a One-Pot Spaghetti That Diabetics (and Others) Can Eat
How to Make a One-Pot Spaghetti That Diabetics (and Others) Can Eat

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