I’ve been using whole wheat pasta for years, and have zero complaints – I love the taste and like that it’s a healthier option to the lighter grain counterparts. But every once in awhile I like to eat outside the pasta box and try something new. These adventures are usually fueled by a new product I find at Costco; years ago, it was Banza chickpea rotini, and this time around it’s GoGo Quinoa Spaghetti.
I decided to put the noodles to the test in replacement of my usual wheat spaghetti. I paired the pasta with one of my favorite sauces; the recipe is included below, along with my review of the Quinoa Spaghetti noodles.
Turkey Spaghetti Recipe
- 1lb ground turkey
- ½ red onion, chopped
- 15 grape tomatoes, sliced in half
- 15 oz tomato sauce
- 3 oz tomato paste
- Chicken stock or bone broth, as needed
- Feta cheese, as garnish
- 1T Parsley
- 1.5t Basil
- 1T Oregano
- 1t Garlic powder
- Salt to taste
- Crushed Red Pepper to taste
Add about ½ Tablespoon of avocado or olive oil to a large, deep skillet. Cook chopped onion and sliced tomatoes on medium heat until onion softens.
Add raw ground turkey and cook until no longer pink. I prefer to keep the meat pretty chunky to make it more like meatballs (instead of being finely ground).
Add all seasonings to the cooked turkey, pour can of tomato sauce into the pan and stir. Simmer for 25 minutes. I start boiling my water for the pasta at this point so that the sauce and noodles will be done at relatively the same time. Following the directions on the Quinoa Spaghetti box, I cooked the noodles for 12 minutes.
After the sauce is done simmering, add tomato paste. If sauce is too thick, add chicken broth until desired consistency is reached. (You may not need to add any if it’s already how you like it).
Serve sauce on top of spaghetti and garnish with feta cheese.
The Quinoa spaghetti noodles had a softer, more malleable texture than traditional spaghetti, similar to that of ramen noodles. It may have been that I just boiled them slightly too long, and started to make the noodles go beyond the perfect al dente. I may reduce the boil time by 1-2 minutes next time to see if that firms them up. Overall though, the noodles paired very nicely with the sauce, and the taste was pretty comparable to regular spaghetti noodles.
For a 2lb box, I paid $7.99, which is more than I would pay for whole wheat spaghetti, but definitely reasonable for a “speciality” item. I have already repurchased, so I definitely recommend trying quinoa spaghetti out!
The GoGo Quinoa brand may be difficult to find, as their site only shows availability in Canada. But it seems like they may be making their way to the U.S. since they were brand new at my Costco! If you aren’t a Costco member, or you can’t find the GoGo brand, there are other options available on Amazon. If you end up trying my turkey spaghetti recipe, share your pictures and tag me on Instagram @adult_struggles.