Ground Turkey Vegetable Pasta

This ground Turkey and vegetable “goulash” recipe is loaded with peppers, onions, tomatoes and lean ground turkey and super easy to prepare.

I grew up eating this goulash recipe at least once a week. If you really have a pasta craving, or just love eating pasta like me, this is a much healthier way to enjoy those carbohydrate loaded little beauties.

I used to be heavier and unhealthier. One of the things I learned on my weightloss journey is that small changes make a big difference. So instead of scarfing down a bowl of pasta with sodium loaded jar sauce, I try to add as may vegetables and as much lean meat as possible to my pasta dishes. That way I get to enjoy the pasta while consuming a lot less calories.

Peppers, onions and tomatoes all have an almost negligible amount of calories while a serving of pasta contains 200. A 1LB box of pasta shells like I’ve used in this recipe contains 200 calories per 2oz serving and 8 servings per box. Would a 1LB box of pasta serve 8 people in your home? Yeah, not mine either. So it’s safe to say we’re definitely eating more than the recommended serving size. So instead of eating multiple servings of pasta, simply add a bunch of yummy veggies and ground turkey and enjoy a much less guilt inducing dish.


  • 1LB Lean Ground Turkey
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, Diced
  • 1 Medium Onion, Diced
  • 4 Tomatoes, Diced
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1/2 tsp Basil
  • 1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt & Pepper


  • Bring a pot of water to a boil and add pasta shells, cooking until tender
  • Cook ground Turkey on medium-high heat until cooked through, then remove from pan and set aside
  • Add veggies to pan and cook on medium heat until softened, just a few minutes
  • Add turkey back into pan and mix with the veggies and the pasta
  • Serve!

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