Superfood Rotini Recipe

This superfood rotini is a delicious way to pack nutrients into your next pasta night, and nobody will know the difference!

This simple yet delicious pasta dish will become a staple in your home. Filled with veggies and tons of nutrients, the kids won’t even notice they are eating something good for them!

An overhead view of this Superfood Rotini Recipe, looking down into the bowl of pasta. It's garnished with fresh chives.

This was actually one of the recipes that got cut from my most recent cookbook. Not because it wasn’t good enough, but because we ran out of room! So I’m sharing it here with you instead. I just know you’re going to love it. Now go load up on those superfoods!


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An overhead view of this Superfood Rotini Recipe, looking down into the bowl of pasta. It's garnished with fresh chives.

Superfood Rotini Recipe

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Course: Pasta
Cuisine: American, Italian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 9 servings
Calories: 245kcal


  • 1 ½ lb. ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 2 medium zucchinis (grated)
  • 2 medium carrots (grated)
  • 15 oz. can tomato sauce (no sugar added)
  • 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • ½ lb. whole wheat pasta (I used rotini)
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 2 cups raw spinach (tightly packed)
  • 2 cups water
  • parmesan cheese for topping


  • In a large pan, cook the turkey in the olive oil until almost completely cooked.
  • Add the zucchini, carrots, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, spinach and spices.
  • When the spinach has cooked down so there is some room in the pan, add the pasta and cook until soft, stirring frequently and adding the water in increments as needed for cooking.
  • Top with parmesan and serve.


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


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 440mg | Potassium: 859mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3324IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 4mg

Author: Tiffany McCauley

Title: Food and Travel Journalist

Expertise: Food, cooking, travel


Tiffany McCauley is a nationally syndicated journalist and an award-winning cookbook author and food blogger. She has been featured on MSN, Huffington Post, Country Living Magazine, HealthLine, Redbook, and many more. Her food specialty is healthy comfort food recipes.

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    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sara – It should be okay, yes.

  1. This recipe is fantastic! It is SUPER easy, tastes great, is filling, and healthy to boot! Even my picky eater kids love it.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Erin – Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Made this last night and it turned out great! Even had plenty to freeze for a future meal, YAY! Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Noelle – Fantastic!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Hi, Has anyone tried freezing? Did you make it and then freeze it and how did you thaw without it drying out? Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Trish – I haven’t, but pasta usually does okay. I wouldn’t leave it in there for months and month, but it should be fine. You can always try freezing a small amount first to see if you are okay with the texture afterwards.