Over the past couple years, I’ve basically stopped cooking with ground hamburger meat and have completely switched over to ground turkey. Not only is ground turkey much healthier, I actually prefer the taste, and it’s more versatile to cook with too! I use ground turkey as a substitute for hamburger in just about everything from turkey meatballs to healthy turkey stroganoff. One night last week I was looking for a ground turkey pasta recipe (to satisfy my intense pasta obsession)… I came across a few interesting recipes, but as usual I was lacking the ingredients for most. I finally ended up putting together a healthy sauce of spinach, white wine, and feta which worked surprisingly well with the mild flavors in the ground turkey! Even Brett (the king of “meat and potatoes”) loved this healthy turkey pasta dish!
Ground Turkey, Spinach & Feta Pappardelle [recipe]
1 lb. cooked pappardelle pasta
1 lb lean ground turkey meat
1 (9 oz.) bag of fresh spinach
3/4 cup dry white wine
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup skim milk
1 tsp crushed red pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
salt to taste
fresh feta cheese for topping
In a large skillet, bring 1 tbsp of olive oil to a medium heat, then add crushed garlic and ground turkey meat. Continue to cook, stirring frequently until meat is slightly browned (approx. 5-7 minutes).
In the same skillet (along with the meat), add 1/2 cup of white wine, milk, remaining 1 tbsp of olive oil and spinach. Stir frequently until spinach begins to shrink, then add remaining 1/4 cup of white wine, Parmesan cheese, crushed red pepper and salt to taste. Simmer for 2-3 minutes.
Last, add the pre-cooked pappardella pasta to the skillet and toss. Plate immediately and top with crumbled feta cheese.
If you’re wondering about that lovely kale salad on the side, you can find the recipe here: Citrus Sesame Kale Salad.