Guilt Free Savory Turkey Spinach Tomato Penne

Savory Turkey Spinach Tomato Penne | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Tonight was just like any other week night. Rush home for ABA therapy for Jesse, get the kids fed, relax in front of the television. With all the hustle and bustle I figured a simple enough dish to get on the table in a reasonable time was a pasta and ground turkey dish. And it was simple enough to make my Jesse a batch of gluten free pasta as well.

Savory Turkey Spinach Tomato Penne | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

What’s special about this pasta is that it really was just supposed to taste basic.

But the combination of savory ground turkey, calcium packed spinach, rich tomato and chicken broth base, and aromatic herbs made this dish pop. Even my famished fish and finicky shark loved it. And this is recipe is perfectly autism friendly, full of protein and veggies and substituted with a gluten free pasta.

Savory Turkey Spinach Tomato Penne | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Once the flavor medley hit my taste buds, I just had to get on the computer and share this with my readers. So in case you are wondering where the prep shots are, I didn’t even think about it, because this was just dinner. But I hope these final results pics are enough to get you drooling enough to get to kitchen and make this guilt free pasta dish yourself.

Savory Turkey Spinach Tomato Penne | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

If you are feeling brave, feel free to throw on some diced pickled jalapenos-they made my pregnant cravings leap for joy!

Savory Turkey Spinach Tomato Penne

Ingredients:

12 oz Barilla Veggie Tomato & Carrot Penne
1 lb Jennie-O turkey breakfast sausage
16 oz frozen chopped spinach
14.5 oz can italian style diced tomatoes
1 cup chicken broth flavored with tomato
1 Tb tomato paste
1/2 onion chopped
3 cloves garlic minced
1 Tb canola or olive oil
1 Tb flaked celery
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
6 pickled jalapeños, diced (optional)

What is your favorite pasta mix in when you are in a hurry?

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Savory Turkey Spinach Tomato Penne

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Number of servings: 6

Per Serving 342 calories

Fat 26 g

Carbs 15 g

Protein 15 g

6

Savory Turkey Spinach Tomato Penne

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 9

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 12 oz Barilla Veggie Tomato & Carrot Penne
  • 1 lb Jennie-O turkey breakfast sausage
  • 16 oz frozen chopped spinach
  • 14.5 oz can italian style diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken broth with tomato flavor
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tb tomato paste
  • 1 Tb canola or olive oil
  • 1 Tb flaked celery
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 6 pickled jalapeños, diced (optional)

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boiling and prepare the pasta according to the package directions.
  2. In a large skillet sauté the onion and garlic in the oil over medium heat, until softened.
  3. Stir in the ground turkey sausage. Continue cooking until turkey is cooked through and browned.
  4. Add the flaked celery, oregano and salt. Stir to combine.
  5. Stir in the chicken broth, tomato paste, frozen chopped spinach and entire can of Italian style tomatoes.
  6. Simmer about 5-10 minutes until heated through and flavors are mingled.
  7. Remove from heat and pour over the drained pasta. Sprinkle with the parmesan cheese and toss to combine.
  8. Serve immediately. Garnish with additional parmesan cheese and jalapeños, if desired.