Make Ahead

Heart-Healthy Pasta-Feast for Less-than-$9

March 10, 2013
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  • Serves 6
Author Notes

Easy, delicious, healthy and budget-friendly: Doesn't everyone want some go-to weeknight recipes that meet this criteria? You'll love making this healthy, flavorful, kid-friendly pasta dish that serves 6 for less than $9 (it cost me $8.58 when purchasing pasta, ground turkey and marinara sauce on sale), you'll make it week-after-week and always savor the delicious flavor combinations. —Jadeite88

What You'll Need
  • 1 pound ground turkey, 93% lean
  • 1 pound cavatappi pasta
  • 25 ounces jar marinara sauce
  • 8 ounces frozen cut-leaf spinach, thawed & squeezed of excess water
  • 2 large shallots, peeled & chopped
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 6 tablespoons freshly-grated Pecorino-Romano
  • Salt for pasta water
  1. Bring 5 quarts water to a boil in a large, covered pot. Salt boiling pasta water before adding pasta. Cook until firm, about 9 minutes, while stirring occasionally with wooden spoon.
  2. Meanwhile, add olive oil to a deep, 12” non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and cook for 5 minutes, stirring with rubber spatula, before adding kosher salt. Add turkey and break up into small crumbles with spatula as it cooks. Add onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, paprika and smoked paprika. Stir to combine. Add spinach and jar of marinara and stir to combine. Let simmer while pasta is cooking.
  3. Drain cooked pasta and pour into skillet. Stir to fully combine pasta with sauce. Spoon into 6 bowls. Sprinkle each bowl of pasta with 1 tablespoon Pecorino-Romano. Serve immediately.
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