Here’s an entree that is a guaranteed family-pleaser in my house! And it is ready in 30 minutes or less. Definitely my kind of recipe!
Add a side salad, and you have everything you need for a great meal. Even Thing 2 loves this dish!
You can easily substitute a whole grain pasta if you would like to add some fiber into the nutritional profile of this recipe. In general, I prefer to use whole grain pasta, but for this dish I wanted the cute spiral pasta, and they didn’t have a whole grain version of that! The next time I make this, I will probably go with penne or another shape so that I can stick with the whole grain.
You can switch out the vegetables as well. Green beans, cauliflower, snow peas, carrots, corn, even spinach – the list is endless! Experiment with different veggies and find the combination that your family loves! Also, this would work well with leftover turkey, so bookmark this recipe to come back to after your holiday meals!
If you don’t have fresh basil handy, you can omit that ingredient. It won’t taste quite the same, but it will still be delicious!
- 1 (16 ounce) box spiral pasta
- 8 ounces broccoli florets, cut to be bite-sized
- 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 20 ounces ground turkey (or substitute leftover turkey)
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup chopped fresh basil
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
- Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package. During the last minute of cooking, add the broccoli.
- Drain the broccoli and pasta and return to the pot. Cover and set aside.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat. Add the turkey, paprika, garlic, red pepper flakes and salt. Break the turkey into pieces, while cooking until browned. (If you are using leftover cooked turkey, omit the turkey until the garlic is starting to brown, then add the turkey and cook until everything is hot)
- Add the turkey mixture, the remaining olive oil, and the fresh basil to the pasta. Mix until combined.
- Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese when serving.
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