Italian Style Turkey and Penne Toss


Dress up your penne pasta recipe with plenty of spices, spinach, and ground turkey breast. Done in just 35 minutes, this turkey dinner idea will please kids and adults alike.

Italian Style Turkey and Penne Toss
Photo: Andy Lyons
Total Time:
35 mins
8 cups


  • 2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 pound ground turkey breast

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 4 cup water

  • 1 ⅓ cup multigrain penne pasta

  • 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce

  • 1 9 ounce bag fresh baby spinach (9 cups)

  • cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. In a bowl combine the first four ingredients (through crushed red pepper). In another bowl combine ground turkey, seasoning mixture, and garlic; mix well.

  2. Coat a Dutch oven with cooking spray. Heat the pot over medium-high heat. Add ground turkey mixture and onion; cook 6 to 8 minutes or until browned. Remove from pot; cover and keep warm.

  3. Add the water to the same pot; bring to boiling over medium-high heat. Add pasta; cook according to package directions until al dente. Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Return pasta and the reserved cooking liquid to the pot; stir in tomato sauce and cooked turkey. Heat through. Remove from heat; stir in spinach. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.


Save time cleaning by using fewer pots. This pasta cooks in the same pot as the turkey mixture.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

301 Calories
4g Fat
28g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 301
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 766mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 26.6mg 133%
Calcium 183mg 14%
Iron 5.3mg 29%
Potassium 346mg 7%
Folate, total 210.6mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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