Simple Supper Friday: Garlic Butter “Noodles” with Turkey and Broccoli

Garlic butter noodles with turkey and broccoli.

I love when random, unplanned and experimental recipes turn into successes. That’s what happened with this dish. I needed to make a quick dinner because it was getting late, but wasn’t hungry for some of our go-to meals, like spaghetti. I only had ground meat in the fridge and had everything to make sauce, but really wasn’t in the mood for tomato flavors. Alternatively, butter and garlic sounded good, but then again, when does that combination not sound delicious? It’s a classic. Plus, I hadn’t eaten much butter on this particular day, so it was time to change that.


  • 1 lb ground turkey thighs
  • 2-3 Tbsp grass-fed butter
  • *1 medium cooked spaghetti squash, scraped with a fork to make noodles
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli florets
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cloves minced garlic cloves, separated
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes, optional



  1. Heat a large pan over medium heat and add the ground turkey. If necessary, add a little fat to the pan. Break up the turkey with a spatula and let cook for a couple minutes.
  2. Next, add three of the minced garlic cloves and the broccoli. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper. Continue to cook for several minutes, until meat is browned. Once meat is cooked through, pour mixture into a bowl and set aside.
  3. In the same pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the one remaining clove of minced garlic and saute for about 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Reduce heat to low, and add the spaghetti squash strands, tossing with the butter and garlic.
  4. Add the meat and broccoli mixture to the pan and toss with the squash. Season to taste with more sea salt and pepper, if needed. Add red pepper flakes, if using.
  5. Remove from heat and serve.

Yields: 4 servings

*If you’ve never cooked a spaghetti squash, it’s simple. I adhere to the following directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds.
  3. Place cut side down on a baking sheet or roasting pan, and fill with about 1/4-inch of water.
  4. Bake in oven for 30-35 minutes. Be careful not to overcook or your strands will be mushy.
  5. Let cool and then scrape out the squash strands with a fork.

Garnish with a little extra red pepper flakes, if desired.


18 thoughts on “Simple Supper Friday: Garlic Butter “Noodles” with Turkey and Broccoli

  1. Brittany January 11, 2013 / 10:23 am

    I loovee spag squash. I haven’t had it in a while, I should snag one before they disappear!

  2. paleoinpdx January 11, 2013 / 10:25 am

    I know, I’m trying to take advantage of them too while they’re still around. They’re already getting harder to find!

  3. livinglikelinds January 11, 2013 / 11:30 am

    Fabulous! We’re having grass-fed flank steak for dinner and I was thinking…hmmm, what should we have as a side? Now I know! I’ll just leave the turkey out for now and have garlic butter noodles 🙂

    • paleoinpdx January 11, 2013 / 11:37 am

      Sounds like a good combo in my opinion! Enjoy 😉

  4. teresasdreams January 11, 2013 / 6:36 pm

    Ok, that’s it! I have to try spaghetti squash!

    • paleoinpdx January 11, 2013 / 7:03 pm

      You’ve never tried spaghetti squash? Yes, you must try it then!

      • teresasdreams January 12, 2013 / 3:17 am

        LOL, I know, right? I’m going to be trying lots of new things on my quest for optimal health.

      • paleoinpdx January 12, 2013 / 10:34 am

        Yay, it’ll be fun 😉

  5. jody9138 January 12, 2013 / 3:43 pm

    I think I’ve used every squash BUT spaghetti. This looks delicious and I think I’ll give it a shot. Thanks for sharing

    • paleoinpdx January 12, 2013 / 4:28 pm

      Well, you can’t leave spaghetti squash left out if you’ve tried all the others 😉 I hope you enjoy it!

  6. myfoodreligion January 13, 2013 / 3:43 pm

    I have been searching high & low here in Australia for spaghetti squash & cannot get it anywhere 😦 Is it a winter veggie? I might have to start my search again when it cools down here?

  7. paleoinpdx January 13, 2013 / 3:44 pm

    Yes, it is a winter veggie. The stock is winding down here, so I’m trying to take advantage of it while I can, along with other winter squashes.

  8. The Professional Stress Baker January 13, 2013 / 11:23 pm

    The Boy and I just discovered spaghetti squash last week. OHMYGOD. I love it! We’ll have to try this recipe, especially since I just found a place selling spaghetti squash for $0.39 a pound less than Freddy’s!

    • paleoinpdx January 14, 2013 / 9:28 am

      Hooray! Spaghetti squash truly opens up a whole new world. I’m so glad you’re enjoying it 😉

  9. Britta January 14, 2013 / 11:39 am

    This looks so delicious. You’ve really gotten me super curious about the paleo diet! Ahh, I so badly want to try it.. or at least get close to it (not sure if I can give up certain things!)

    • paleoinpdx January 14, 2013 / 3:04 pm

      I’m glad I’ve at least made you curious … that’s a start! If you want it though, why not DO it, Britta? You’ll realize that you really don’t need certain foods (like grains). This becomes especially evident when you notice how much you feel better without them. I don’t think of it as giving up foods — I think of it as living and performing better. I’m healthier without those things 😉

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