Pasta w/Ground Turkey, Spinach and Tomatoes


I added turkey ~ if you go meatless with this dish, you’ll have a one-pot pasta dish ~ perfect for the cool weather we’re having now! Either way, it’s delicious!


This is an adapted Cooking Light recipe.  I used 2 cans of Contadina Diced Tomatoes with Burgundy Wine and Olive Oil.  Then, added a variety of mini-tomatoes for their extra sweetness and sub-acid tartness.  For extra seasoning, there’s fennel seed, brown sugar, cracked black pepper, plus a teaspoon of brown sugar.

The dish is a game-changer:  Use just enough chicken broth to cook the pasta, adjust seasonings to your liking; ending up with a savory pasta meal.  The next time, I will add mushrooms to the mixture.

And, besides, it’s colorful… 


Add garlic bread ~ Voila!  Dinner is ready!

Pasta w/Ground Turkey Spinach and Tomatoes


1 pound ground turkey breast
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
1 cup cherry/grape tomatoes, sliced
2-3 cups unsalted chicken stock
½ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon fennel seed
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon seasoned pepper
1 teaspoon brown sugar
10 ounces spaghetti or linguine
1/3 cup black olives, sliced
10 ounces fresh spinach
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese


Brown turkey in a non-stick skillet until no longer pink.
Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
Add onion and garlic, sauté for 3 minutes, until onion starts to brown.
Add tomatoes, stock, oregano, fennel seed; bring to a boil.
Add pasta and submerge in liquid.
Cover, reduce heat to medium low and cook 7 minutes or until pasta is almost done.
Uncover, stir in salt, pepper, sugar and olives and cooked turkey.
Add spinach in batches, stirring until spinach wilts, let stand 5 minutes.
Sprinkle with cheese.
Serves 4-6


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