Pasta With Turkey and Broccoli


Transform a few pantry staples—plus a head of broccoli and lean ground turkey—into a hearty, healthy weeknight dinner.

Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 serves

In less than 20 minutes, you can dish up this all-in-one meal, with time leftover to top it with freshly grated Parmesan. Serve with extra crushed red pepper at the table (for those who like a little extra heat).

This recipe features orecchiette [oh-reck-ee-ET-tay], a distinctive type of pasta that originates from the heel of Italy's boot. Its name means "little ears", which gives you a hint as to this pasta's shape. But if your pantry (or grocer) is orecchiette-free, pasta of any shape makes an adequate substitute.

At no extra charge, here's a smart kitchen trick to cut down on dishes: Rather than cook the broccoli separately, throw it in boiling water with the pasta during the final minute of cooking time, so the vegetable's perfectly crisp-tender, and the pasta's al dente.


  • ¾ pound orecchiette

  • 2 cups broccoli florets

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 1 pound ground turkey

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • Parmesan, for serving


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, adding broccoli during the last minute. Drain and return pasta and broccoli to the pot.

  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add turkey, garlic, fennel seed, and red pepper and cook, breaking up the meat with a spoon, until browned, 3 to 5 minutes, and then season with ½ teaspoon salt.

  3. Toss the turkey mixture with pasta and broccoli and the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil. Serve with Parmesan.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

582 Calories
19g Fat
67g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 582
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 333mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 67g 24%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 35g
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 5mg 28%

*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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