Mezzi Rigatoni with Ground Turkey

Mezzi Rigatoni with Ground Turkey
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Mezzi Rigatoni with ground Turkey is a great choice, If you want a pasta dish that looks and sounds gourmet. Pasta is a beautiful thing that comes in so many shapes and sizes. Adding spinach and fresh grape tomatoes and butter, adds a freshness to this dish that highlights the pasta and adds a delectable sauce. In our family this is called the “no leftover meal”.

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Mezzi Rigatoni with Ground Turkey

Mezzi Rigatoni with ground Turkey is a great choice, If you want a pasta dish that looks and sounds gourmet. Pasta is a beautiful thing that comes in so many shapes and sizes. Adding spinach and fresh grape tomatoes and butter, adds a freshness to this dish that highlights the pasta and adds a delectable sauce. In our family this is called the “no leftover meal”.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Mezzi Rigatoni
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Love of Yum Team

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 pack mezzi rigatoni pasta (16oz) , uncooked
  • 2 handful of spinach
  • 1 large onion , finely chopped
  • 2 tsp garlic , minced
  • 6 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tsp basil , dried
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • ½ cup tomato puree
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp butter

Instructions

  • Preheat a large skillet on medium heat and add 3 tbsps. olive oil, ground turkey garlic and onion. Cook for 5-8 minutes, breaking meat into pieces and stirring occasionally. Then add black pepper, Italian seasonings, cumin, cayenne pepper and salt. When fully cooked, set aside in a bowl.
  • Cook pasta by bringing a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook the pasta just until al dente, according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Add remaining olive oil and grape tomatoes, garlic and salt and let cook for about 5 minutes. Mash them with your cooking utensil. Next add tomato puree and remaining Italian seasoning to sauce. Reduce the heat to medium low, cover and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring a few times.
  • Add pasta, cooked ground turkey, ½ the butter and one handful of spinach and stir.
  • Add the remaining butter and spinach, mix and serve.

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Notes

  • Substitute ground chicken for ground turkey.
  • You can use gluten free pasta, whole wheat pasta or chickpea pasta.
  • Make it dairy-free by substituting with dairy-free butter and serve with dairy free parmesan.
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