Delicious Turkish recipe for noodles with ground lamb and yogurt sauce.

Turkish Noodles with Garlic Yogurt

This classic Turkish dish combines noodles, minced meat, garlic and mint yogurt sauce, and a drizzle of spiced butter for an incredibly delicious meal.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Turkish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 1887kcal
Author Jas


  • 12 oz. wide egg noodles
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 zucchini sliced, sautéed or roasted (optional)

Yogurt Sauce

  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic finely minced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh mint leaves finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Meat Topping

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground lamb or beef
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Butter Topping

  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Dash of cayenne pepper


Yogurt Sauce

  • Stir together 2 cups of yogurt, 1 minced clove of garlic and 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint. Season the yogurt with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.
  • Cook 12 oz. noodles in salted water according to the package directions. Drain and return to the pot. Drizzle with a tablespoon of olive oil and set aside.
  • Mix in sautéed or roasted zucchini slices or vegetable of choice, if you wish.

Meat Topping

  • Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in large cast iron or non-stick skillet. Add 1 chopped onion and sauté until translucent. Add 3 cloves minced garlic and 1 pound ground lamb. Sauté until meat is lightly browned. Season the mixture with 1/4 teaspoon cumin, a pinch of cinnamon, and salt and pepper to taste.

Butter Topping

  • Season 1/4 cup melted butter with 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika and a dash of cayenne pepper.
  • Arrange cooked noodles on serving dishes. Top with meat mixture and add yogurt sauce. Drizzle each portion with a tablespoon of butter topping and serve immediately.


  • Substitute lamb with beef or turkey.
  • Add vegetables to the dish by mixing in zucchini, spinach or vegetable of your choice.
  • Only use fresh mint and garlic for the yogurt sauce, as dried have a different flavor.
  • Don’t combine the whole yogurt sauce with noodles and meat if you’re going to have leftovers. Keep it separate and top after the noodles and meat are reheated.
  • This dish will keep for several days stored refrigerated in an airtight container.


Calories: 1887kcal | Carbohydrates: 144g | Protein: 72g | Fat: 113g | Saturated Fat: 38g | Cholesterol: 340mg | Sodium: 564mg | Potassium: 1695mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 2125IU | Vitamin C: 27.1mg | Calcium: 456mg | Iron: 8mg