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.

    Dish of pasta with turkey and broccoli
    Raymond Hom

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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