Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Rotini with Ground Turkey

(Makes 4 large servings)

3/4 box of whole wheat rotini or other short pasta (I like Ronzoni Healthy Harvest)
12 oz of lean ground turkey
1 jar of roasted red peppers, chopped
1/2 white onion, diced
1/2 jar of marinara sauce (I used Prego Traditional Heart Smart)
1/4 cup of red wine (I used Cabernet Sauvignon)
Approximately 1 T. of minced garlic
Crushed red pepper flakes to taste (I use about 1 tsp.)
Approximately 2 T. of fresh oregano
Approximately 4 T. of grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese

Brown the ground turkey in a large skillet over med-high heat. At the same time, start the water for the pasta. When the meat is mostly cooked, add the onion and garlic, when the onions are translucent, add the wine to deglaze the pan, scraping the bottom of the pan. Reduce heat to low and let simmer. When most of the liquid is cooked off, add the roasted red peppers and marinara sauce. Meanwhile, add salt to the boiling water for the pasta and cook 8-10 minutes, drain. Add the drained pasta to the meat sauce and toss together. Let simmer another couple of minutes for flavors to combine. Top each serving with some oregano and cheese.

You could also use ground beef or chicken in this dish as a substitute for the ground turkey. Serve by itself or with steamed vegetables or garlic bread.