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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



  1. Rain, rain go away! I'm not sure you've had the deluges we've had. Oh my! And it is hot and humid. My wrinkles have smoothed out and my hair is curling. I'll save this delicious looking recipe for a cooler day.


    1. We've had a lot of rain, Bonnie, but not as much as areas surrounding us. It was hot and humid, today it's beautiful, sunny and 66 degrees right now. I'm happy to hear your wrinkles are doing well, that proves hot humid weather is a good thing! Take care

  2. Pam, You're having cool weather? We've been breaking records here...Hot! Dry too! Today it will hit about 95 degrees, about 10 degrees above normal and very unusual for June. Nice recipe...with interesting ingredients. We'll have to look at trying ground turkey with our pasta dishes. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

    1. Yes, Dave, it's kind of cool, 66 degrees right now, late afternoon. It has been very humid and warmer so this is a nice break! Lot of rain though, so aren't spending so much time watering flowers, etc. The dish is good, a little different, but flavorful. Take care.

  3. This looks great. Our weather is pretty hot, but I'd love to try this the next time it's cold here! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Beth, it's a good one to try! Glad you like it!. Have a good week!

  4. Pam, pasta gets no better than this ,meat or meatless, deliciously good :)

    1. Thanks, Nee! I think it would be great meatless, like the spinach with the tomatoes and pasta. Take care

  5. Delicious. A perfect family meal. Thanks for sharing:)

    1. Thanks, Geraldine! I like that! :-)

  6. Yummy! I would definitely add some meat :D

    1. Thanks, Medeja! I like the meat too! Take care.

  7. What a beautiful dish! I like the turkey in place of ground beef. And very interesting method of cooking the pasta. One less pot to wash. Perfect!

    1. Thanks, Cali! I'm using ground turkey a lot more than ground beef now. Yes, with the pasta, saves pans for sure! Take care.

  8. Love tasty, quick dinners like this! And I'll never say no to pasta -- love the stuff. This is terrific -- thanks so much.

  9. Dear Pam, This is a tasty looking pasta dish! I love it and it sounds perfect with garlic bread. I hope all is well. xo Catherine


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