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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Quick and easy dinner


Last night I finally decided to cook something, my poor husband has been eating out or having popcorn for dinner quite a bit lately. However, I didn't have a lot of time and I wanted to use up some of the stuff that's been in our pantry awhile so I came up with this...

(Excuse the iPhone picture please)

Rotini with Ground Turkey:

(Makes 4 large servings)

  • 3/4 box of whole wheat rotini or other short pasta
  • 12 oz of lean ground turkey
  • 1 jar of roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 1/2 jar of marinara sauce
  • 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. Enjoy!

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