Cheesy Penne with Turkey & Spinach is a light and quick one-pot meal to serve any night of the week.
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To begin, you’ll need 1 1/2 cups of diced, cooked turkey. You could also use some rotisserie chicken as an alternative if you like.
In a Dutch oven cook a pound of penne pasta according to package directions.
When the pasta is done cooking, scoop out a half cup of the pasta water and set it aside for now.
Pour your pasta into the colander to drain.
Back in the Dutch oven, drizzle in a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.
Add in 3 cloves of grated garlic, and cook that over medium heat for just a minute.
Toss in 2 cups of baby spinach leaves.
When the leaves have wilted, add in your diced turkey, along with 1/3 cup of light cream cheese and your pasta water.
Let that all melt together, and sprinkle in 1/2 teaspoon each of sea salt, black pepper and ancho chile powder.
Add the pasta back into the pot, add in 1/3 cup of grated parmesan cheese and stir it all together.
Serve topped with a little extra Parmesan on top if you like.
- 1 lb penne pasta
- 1½ cup cooked turkey, diced
- 1 Tb extra virgin olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, grated
- 2 cups baby spinach leaves
- ⅓ cup light cream cheese
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp ancho chile powder
- ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- To begin, in a Dutch oven cook a pound of penne pasta according to package directions. When the pasta is done cooking, scoop out a half cup of the pasta water and set it aside for now. Pour your pasta into the colander to drain.
- Back in the Dutch oven, drizzle in a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Add in the grated garlic and let it cook for just a minute.
- Add in the baby spinach and let it cook until wilted, about 2 minutes.
- Add in the diced turkey, light cream cheese and reserved pasta water. Let those melt all together.
- Stir in the salt, pepper and ancho chile powder.
- Add the pasta back into the pot ,along with the parmesan cheese - stir it all together.
- Serve topped with a little extra parmesan if you like.