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This clean eating skillet spaghetti is my new favorite way to eat spaghetti!

I love spaghetti.

Maybe it’s my not-so-Italian heritage (my dad was adopted by my Italian grandfather), but show me a plate of spaghetti and I go absolutely weak at the knees.

So when I came across a recipe that didn’t involve boiling pasta first, I was intrigued and gave it a shot.

Clean Eating Skillet Spaghetti Recipe

Not only did Mini Chef have 3 servings, but Mama Chef was pretty happy too. Yummy!


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Clean Eating Skillet Spaghetti

Clean Eating Skillet Spaghetti

NOTE: You will need a very large pan for this. Mine was a 10 cup, cast iron pan and it was just barely large enough.
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Course: Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine: American, Italian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 290kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 3 cups water (+ 1 if needed)
  • 30 oz. canned tomato sauce (no sugar added)
  • 1 lb. whole grain spaghetti
  • grated parmesan cheese


  • Brown the turkey in your pan, using the olive oil.
  • Once the meat has lost all of it's pink color, add all the spices to the pan and stir well to combine.
  • Pour in the water (start with 3 cups, you can always add more as needed) and tomato sauce and stir gently while bringing the sauce to a gentle boil.
  • Add the pasta, stir and cover the pan with a lid.
  • Check on the pasta often so as to keep it from burning on the bottom of the pan. Cook until the pasta reaches your desired level of "doneness" (Is that a word?). About 20-30 minutes. Remember to stir!
  • Allow to cool a bit and top with parmesan when serving.


Please note that the nutrition data is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 515mg | Potassium: 690mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 845IU | Vitamin C: 6.7mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 4.6mg

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  1. graciouspantry says:

    Cassandre – I shop at Trader Joe’s, so I purchase their whole wheat pasta. Safeway also has some really yummy whole wheat pastas.

    1. Hi there! How much is considered a “serving”? I want to make this part of my meal prep this week.

      1. The Gracious Pantry says:

        Hannah – I haven’t made this in a while, but I’m pretty sure it’s 1 cup.

  2. graciouspantry says:

    Guest – There’s no negative. It’s just a big more time consuming.

  3. graciouspantry says:

    Bek – I adjusted as needed. I started off high, and then lowered the temp as the liquid was soaked up by the spaghetti.

  4. graciouspantry says:

    MGG – Hope you enjoy it!

  5. graciouspantry says:

    Nicole – No, boiling pasta is just fine. I was just referring to shortening time and dishes in the kitchen. I typically boil my pasta.

  6. graciouspantry says:

    Kerriejo – I hope you enjoy it!

  7. graciouspantry says:

    SS – I hope you enjoy it! It’s very simple to make. Love this stuff!

  8. graciouspantry says:

    Rhadonda – Thank you so much! You made my day. 🙂

  9. graciouspantry says:

    FlyingB – Excellent point. Thank you.

  10. graciouspantry says:

    BW – Ya, it really does need a very large pan. Halving it may be a good idea. Enjoy!

  11. graciouspantry says:

    Hilliary – Thanks! Enjoy it!

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  13. graciouspantry says:

    Veronica – I’m so happy to hear that! Welcome to clean eating!

  14. graciouspantry says:

    Missi – Hahaha!! That’s wonderful!

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  16. graciouspantry says:

    Malinda – If you don’t mention it, chances are they won’t notice. Especially if you cook the clean versions of more traditional foods. I wish you all the best!

  17. Trudefaith says:

    this is a wonderful recipe, much better than anything out of a jar! and so easy! Thanks for the recipe Tiffany

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Trude – You’re welcome! Glad you liked it!

  18. graciouspantry says:

    Terri – Fantastic! It’s always nice to hear when somebody prefers a healthy recipe over a packaged food product. Glad you enjoyed it.

  19. graciouspantry says:

    Kelli – Wonderful! Glad you liked it!

  20. I tried last night and it was hit around here. Even my son said it was great!!

    Thanks 🙂

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Abby – Thanks! That’s fantastic!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Emily – Sounds good!

  21. graciouspantry says:

    Sarah – It could work. You may have to play around with how much water you add, but you can do that as it cooks. Just add as necessary. Let me know how it turns out!

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  23. I used the meat from turkey sausages and it—was—-awesome!!! The meat was defrost and I needed a recipe for it so I didn’t have to throw it away and came across this. An avid clean eater, I was elated to find this. Thank you Gracious Pantry! <3

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Katertot – My pleasure! Glad you enjoyed it!

  24. Julie Davey Johnston says:

    This was delicious. The only change I made was adding fresh onion and garlic, although I still added some onion and garlic powder. So yummy that it reminded me why I don’t make pasta for dinner anymore, whole wheat or otherwise. I had three bowls of it!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Haha! That’s awesome! Glad you enjoyed it!

  25. graciouspantry says:

    Haha!! Glad you enjoyed it!

  26. graciouspantry says:

    Ya, something went wrong there…

  27. I love the idea of making it all in one skillet…less mess for this “mama chef” to clean up! I plan to also add lots of veggies (both diced and pureed…so the kiddos don’t complain about all the veggies! lol)…can’t wait to make this!

    Thanks so much for your wonderful website…I’m learning sooo much about clean eating!!

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  31. Melissa Beckley says:

    This was delicious and totally hit the spot! Kiddos and hubby loved it and it was fairly easy to make.

  32. Great supper! It makes a lot (for 2 people) so I’ll be eating it for a while.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Becky – It freezes pretty well if that helps.

  33. Doesn’t cooking the pasta in the dish make it starchy and heavy?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ivy – You mean in the skillet? I didn’t think so. For me it cooked up just like pasta should.

  34. I absolutely love spaghetti. This recipe is definitely something I will have to try. I make my spaghetti a lot like this, but instead of turkey I use tofu.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Melissa – Great! I’m a big spaghetti fan as well. 🙂

  35. Hi Tiffany. Just a question. I hear a lot lately about the low quality of the majority of olive oil, and how good coconut oil is. Since coconut oil has a much higher burn rate and is good for you, I am curious as to your thoughts on cooking with in instead of olive oil.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Nan – Definitely! I love coconut oil. Cook with it all the time!

  36. I really want to make this tomorrow for the kiddos butwewe can’t have wheat pasta , would the cooking time be similar for brown rice spaghetti ? Thanks 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Aimee – For the most part, yes. Just play it by ear. As long as the meat is cooked, you can pretty much cook until the pasta reaches the consistency you like best.

  37. Jessica W says:

    Well! If it isn’t Clean Hamburger Helper! Awesomeness!! ( I make this with elbows for that ‘authentic boxed meal’ appearance. 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jessica W – LOL!! Fabulous!! 😀

  38. I am totally trying this with applegate chicken sausage.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kelley – I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

  39. I made this recipe the other night. It was my first ever attempt at a clean meal and everyone loved it! 🙂 thank you for sharing so many recipes and making the transition to healthy seem a lot less scary. Lol

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Dana – My pleasure! So glad I could help! 🙂

  40. Made this tonight bit wads great. Delicious. Easy and only one pan to clean. I made half the recipe bc it’s just kiddo and me tonight, but still enough for leftovers. Thanks.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Laurie – My pleasure! 🙂

  41. Mmmm…..leftovers tonight were delish! No idea how “bit wads” got into my last post, but you clearly figured it out. I can’t wait to make this again. When I said it to my son, he said “Well, don’t make it again until at least next week”.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Laurie – LOL! No worries. 🙂

  42. Hi There! I’ve made this numerous times but I find that my whole grain pasta doesn’t hold. The consistency of the dish becomes mushy. What am I doing wrong? Otherwise, I love this dish and it’s quickly become a favorite in my household.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      TJ – It could just be the particular brand of pasta, but it sounds like it’s just getting cooked too long. Is it a wheat or a brown rice pasta?

  43. This was great!! It was like second day spaghetti which I LOOOVE! Definitely a keeper recipe, super easy too 🙂 Thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Julie – My pleasure! 😀

  44. Hi – Sincere question: Why is this categorized under “clean eating”? Every ingredient listed is processed: the turkey has been deboned and ground down in a food processing plant, the spices are all dehydrated and processed instead of fresh, the spaghetti sauce comes from a can so it’s also processed, and any noodle that comes from the store has also been processed. And unless one makes the parmesan cheese themselves from scratch and then grates it, that’s processed too.

    Clean food is exactly that: clean. It’s organic, unprocessed, fresh food. There doesn’t actually seem to be anything clean about this recipe at all. Could you shed some light on this for your readers?



    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Gypsy – If you wish to be that extreme with clean eating, that is a personal choice and I commend you for doing so. But by clean eating rules, this is definitely clean. Please see my description and definitions of clean eating here: I would also add here that you are free to use the recipe after drying your own herbs, making your own sauce and grinding your own meat. My recipes are guidelines. Apply them to your lifestyle as you see fit.

  45. Jamie Sawyer says:

    Hi, how would I go about adding some chunky green peppers & onions to this that are cooked through? Sorry, I don’t cook much & am new to clean eating so I’m working to find easy recipes for now. This one looks like something my family would eat but I’d like to add those veggies to it as well. Thank you and is there a nutrition chart for this so I can put it in myfitnesspal?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jamie – Sure! I would just saute them in the same pan before starting the recipe. Get them about half way cooked and then make the recipe as stated. They should cook the rest of the way just fine. 🙂 As for myfitnesspal, you would have to enter the recipe into their calculator. Hope that helps!

  46. Diane McQuay says:

    To Gracious Pantry – loved your response to Gypsy! I enjoy reading comments for variations, or just great tips, offered by other cooks. But, there is always at least “one” buzz kill. Thank you for the “training wheels” to transition…some of us just want an easy place to start.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Diane – I don’t see her as being a buzz kill, but rather as somebody who has a different approach to clean eating. There are many!! 😀

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