One-Pot Penne Pasta With Turkey And Spinach

One-Pot Penne Pasta With Turkey And Spinach


Looking for an easy ground turkey recipe? This one-pot pasta comes together in just 30 minutes and is packed with good-for-you ingredients like spinach, tomatoes, and ground turkey!


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt , divided
  • 3 teaspoon ground cumin , divided
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper , divided
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 medium onion , diced
  • ½ cup red bell pepper , diced
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced or pressed
  • 1 10- ounce can diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 10 ounces dried penne pasta
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach (2 big handfuls)
  • ½ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Chopped cilantro , for garnish


  1. Heat the oil in a large, high-sided skillet or Dutch oven over medium high heat until it shimmers and then add the ground turkey with 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon ground cumin, the oregano, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper and the crushed red pepper. Break up the turkey with the spices and cook for about 5 minutes. 
  2. Add the onion, red bell pepper, and pressed garlic and cook for another 5 minutes or until the turkey is browned and the veggies soften.
  3. Add the canned tomatoes with green chiles to the skillet or pot with the rest of the kosher salt, cumin, black pepper, chili powder and stir.
  4. Add the penne pasta and cover with the chicken broth, bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer, cover and cook until the pasta is just tender, about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Stir in the cream and fold in the spinach and cook until the spinach wilts, taste for seasoning and top with the shredded cheese. 
  6. Garnish with the chopped cilantro, sit back and watch the forks fly!