Stove Top Turkey Pasta "Bake"
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Serves: 6-8
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1½ cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1½ cups fresh cauliflower florets
  • 1½ cups fresh zucchini, sliced
  • 12 ounces dry whole wheat pasta (linguini, egg noodles,farfelle, anything!)
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • ½ cup shaved Parmesan cheese, plus more to garnish
  1. Brown the turkey in a large skillet over medium high heat. When the meat is brown and cooked through, remove it to a plate and set it aside.
  2. Add the oil to the hot skillet and let it heat up for about 30 seconds. Add the onion to the skillet and cook until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Sprinkle the salt, oregano, and crushed red pepper flakes over the onions and garlic. Stir.
  4. Toss in the broccoli and cauliflower. Cook for about a minute and then add the zucchini. Stir again.
  5. Put on a pot of water and cook the pasta according to package directions.
  6. Add the cooked ground turkey back to the skillet with the vegetables. Turn the heat down to low. Stir in the heavy cream and the ½ cup of Parmesan cheese.
  7. Drain the cooked pasta, reserving ½ cup of the water. Put the pasta back in the pot, toss with ¼ cup of the water (so it doesn't get sticky) and add the other ¼ cup to the turkey/vegetable mixture, ONLY if it needs a little extra moisture.
  8. Plate up the pasta and serve the turkey/vegetable mixture over the top. Garnish with additional shaved Parmesan cheese.
I call this a "bake" because the finished dish has the creamy thick and sort of cheesy characteristics of a baked pasta, but you don't have to wait an extra 30 minutes and wash an extra dish. Stove Top magic!!
Recipe by Sugar Dish Me at