Friday, June 24, 2011

Just Plain Good: Rigatoni with Ground Turkey

I have no photos because I didn't think about posting this recipe, but it was so good I wanted to share it with you. Simple, full of flavor and it was enough for us to have for lunch/dinner for four days (and I didn't get tired of it either--it seemed to improve with time). The herbs make the ground turkey taste like sausage. Delicious!

1 1/2 pounds of ground turkey
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 pound sliced mushrooms
1 onion, sliced
1 quart canned tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon dried crushed sweet basil (yes, it's a lot!)
1 tablespoon dried crushed oregano (a lot of this too, but worth it)
1 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon dried ramps (optional but a nice addition if you have them)
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 pound rigatoni pasta

Saute the sliced mushrooms and onions in the olive oil. Add the ground turkey and cook until the turkey is done. (You may need a little more oil). Drain.

Add the next 8 ingredients. Simmer while the pasta is cooking. If the mixture seems too runny, thicken with a a tablespoon cornstarch that has been dissolved in 1/4 cup of water.

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.

Pour the sauce mixture over the pasta. Add the grated parmesan and mix well. Serve with salad (and we had watermelon too).


Country Whispers said...

This sounds super yummy..well except for the ramps. (sorry)
Basil is my very favorite spice to use I love using turkey in place of beef.

Granny Sue said...

It was comfort food, Jessica :)--good and filling. And so tasty! I try to substitute turkey when I can too. Calories and fat, etc--you know :)

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