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A bowl of ground turkey pasta in romesco sauce with tongs pulling some out of white bowl
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Ground Turkey Pasta in Romesco Sauce

This easy ground turkey pasta recipe is ready in under 30 minutes and tossed in a Spanish roasted red pepper sauce (romesco sauce)! 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Spanish
Servings: 6
Calories: 315kcal


Romesco Sauce:

  • 10 oz jar roasted red peppers drained (300mL; approximately 1 cup)
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ cup almonds
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 slice bread torn into pieces
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika

Ground Turkey Pasta:

  • 4 oz linguine uncooked; note 1
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey note 2
  • 1 zucchini spiralized (approx 4-6 cups); note 3
  • Parmesan cheese to taste


  • In a blender, combine the roasted red peppers, tomatoes, garlic, almonds, red wine vinegar, olive oil, bread, salt and smoked paprika. Blend until smooth, and set aside.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • While pasta is cooking, cook the ground turkey in a large frying pan, breaking it up into small pieces. Cook until no pink remains (7-10 minutes).
  • Add the spiralized zucchini, and cook, using tongs to move it around in the pan, for 3 minutes.
  • Add the cooked pasta to the pan, and toss with the ground turkey and zucchini noodles until evenly distributed.
  • Add the romesco sauce to the pan and toss everything to coat.
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.



1- linguine may be swapped for your favorite pasta noodle; spaghetti and spagettini would both work well
2- ground turkey can be swapped for ground beef, ground pork or ground chicken
3- if you don't have a spiralizer, cut the zucchini into chunks and cook until softened.
  • cool completely, then portion out into meal prep containers
  • store in the fridge for up to 4 days
  • reheat in the microwave until steaming hot
  • do not freeze
Meal Prep
  • prep the romesco sauce up to 4 days ahead; store in the fridge
  • prep the zucchini noodles up to 4 days ahead; store in the fridge and do not cook until just before serving
  • cook the pasta ahead; store for up to 4 days
  • cook the ground turkey ahead; store in the fridge for up to 4 days
  • romesco- swap for pesto
  • zucchini noodles- swap for spaghetti squash or kohlrabi linguine
  • leave out the linguine and use an extra zucchini to make this lower in carbs


Serving: 1/6 batch | Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 451mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g