Easy Turkey Broccoli Pasta Dinner – Super-easy, family-pleasing dinner ready in less than 30 minutes! If you are looking for healthy ground turkey recipes, this one is definitely a perfect family meal. Use light pasta recipe in it to keep it lean
Here’s an entree that is a guaranteed family-pleaser in my house! This Turkey Broccoli Past Dinner 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.
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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 a light pasta so that I can stick with the whole grain. A healthy ground turkey penne pasta bake sounds so delicious. Its going to be a hit with the whole family.
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! I just buy a whole bunch of basil from the store and use any remaining leaves to make my broccoli pesto sauce or use them as toppings on my easy pan pizza. Basil gets used up very quickly in my home.
I am always looking for more healthy ground turkey recipes that I can serve my family. Last time, I served them this turkey rotini bake and it was so delicious. As long as it tastes good, my family doesn’t notice that they are eating a healthy dinner recipe!
For those busy weeknights, this easy turkey broccoli pasta dinner is exactly what I like to make. Its ready in 30 minutes and I feel good serving a nutritious meal to my family.
Easy pasta recipes with fresh veggies is one of my personal dinner favorites. Pasta has a wonderful way of soothing me from the inside, doesn’t it. We never have leftovers whenever we have pasta for dinner. In fact, when I make my baked ziti with mushrooms and spinach in a slow cooker, I always make extra that can be used as leftovers for lunch the next day.
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Easy Turkey Broccoli Pasta Dinner
Easy Turkey Broccoli Pasta Dinner
- 1 box spiral pasta I used a 16 oz box
- 8 ounces broccoli florets cut to be bite-sized
- 3 tablespoons olive oil divided
- 20 ounces ground turkey (or substitute leftover turkey)
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
- 1/4 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. (see notes)
Add the turkey mixture, the remaining olive oil, and the fresh basil to the pasta pot
Mix until combined.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese when serving.
Note: If you are using leftover cooked turkey, hold the turkey until the garlic is starting to brown, then add the turkey and cook until everything is hot
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