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Cheesy Penne with Turkey & Spinach

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.

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In a Dutch oven cook a pound of penne pasta according to package directions.

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When the pasta is done cooking, scoop out a half cup of the pasta water and set it aside for now.

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Pour your pasta into the colander to drain.

Back in the Dutch oven, drizzle in a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.

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Add in 3 cloves of grated garlic, and cook that over medium heat for just a minute.

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Toss in 2 cups of baby spinach leaves.

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When the leaves have wilted, add in your diced turkey, along with 1/3 cup of light cream cheese and your pasta water.

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Let that all melt together, and sprinkle in 1/2 teaspoon each of sea salt, black pepper and ancho chile powder.

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Add the pasta back into the pot, add in 1/3 cup of grated parmesan cheese and stir it all together.

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Serve topped with a little extra Parmesan on top if you like.

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Enjoy!

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Cheesy Penne with Turkey and Spinach

Cheesy Penne with Turkey and Spinach

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Cheesy Penne with Turkey & Spinach is a light and quick one-pot meal to serve any night of the week.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb penne pasta
  • 1 1/2 cup cooked turkey, diced
  • 1 Tb extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1/3 cup light cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ancho chile powder
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Add in the baby spinach and let it cook until wilted, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add in the diced turkey, light cream cheese and reserved pasta water. Let those melt all together.
  5. Stir in the salt, pepper and ancho chile powder.
  6. Add the pasta back into the pot ,along with the parmesan cheese - stir it all together.
  7. Serve topped with a little extra parmesan if you like.
    Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 269 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 49mg Sodium: 418mg Carbohydrates: 28g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 19g
This data was estimated and provided by Nutritionix. Accuracy not guaranteed.

5 thoughts on “Cheesy Penne with Turkey & Spinach”

  1. i made this last night,it was really good, thank you, i love your recipes . Good ideas and all well explained and with pictures . I am happy i found you.

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