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One Pot Turkey Parmesan Pasta

Easy recipes like this one-pot Turkey Parmesan Pasta make getting dinner on the table possible–even on busy weeknights! Add it to your meal plan rotation for a quick and easy dinner recipe.

Another great one pot recipe to try is this One Pot Tuna with Noodles Recipe!

Easy recipes like this one-pot Turkey Parmesan Pasta make getting dinner on the table possible--even on busy weeknights! Add it to your meal plan rotation for a quick and easy dinner recipe. 
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One Pot Turkey Parmesan Pasta

Getting dinner on the table is sometimes a pleasure, and other times a chore. Now that we're teaching our kids to cook (and counting on them some nights!), they're learning that having easy meals in the repertoire is more important than doing fancy recipes out of cookbooks.

That's how real families eat, right? We talk about using care and good ingredients, and saving the more time-consuming meals for special occasions.

This Turkey Parmesan Pasta is regularly on our meal plan–at least once a month–and I love that it cooks up in one big skillet, so there's less to clean!

What do I need to make this tasty turkey skillet recipe?

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • whole wheat pasta (penne, ziti or rotini work well)
  • onion
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • green bell pepper
  • low-sodium beef broth (I use jarred Better Than Bouillon)
  • diced tomatoes with Italian spices (or add your own)

How to make turkey parmesan pasta:

  1. In a large skillet over medium/high heat, saute the onion and green pepper until soft.
  2. Add the ground turkey, breaking up into small pieces. Once cooked, remove from pan with a slotted spoon, leaving the drippings/juice. Set the meat mixture aside.
  3. Return the skillet to the heat and add the beef broth, tomatoes, and pasta. Stir to coat all of the pasta. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium.
  4. Cook, covered, for 15 minutes, or until pasta is tender.
  5. Return turkey vegetable mixture to the skillet and stir in 1/2 cup of the cheese. Heat through.
  6. Serve with remaining Parmesan sprinkled on top.

Can I use ground beef in this recipe instead?

The recipe is very adaptable. If your family is not a fan of ground turkey, just switch it to ground beef. If you have ground beef on hand but not turkey, just use it! There's really not going to be much difference in flavor or texture. I think you could easily use ground chicken in this recipe as well.

The same goes for the veggies. Green bell pepper is easy to find year-round at the grocery store.

Can I use different veggies in this turkey parmesan pasta recipe?

In the summer, I love using zucchini, peppers, or whatever is ripe in the garden. Just use what your family enjoys or whatever looks good this week at the farmers market. Again, this recipe is very forgiving and you can include just about any veggies without throwing off the flavors.

Different pasta for Turkey Parmesan Pasta recipe - easy family meal

Is this like a homemade hamburger helper?

Kind of, yes! One pan skillet recipes always make me think of hamburger helper but this is a homemade hamburger helper recipe that lets you control all the ingredients and flavors!

It's just as simple but it's packed with delicious flavors and nutritious ingredients that the whole family will love…for less money as well!

Same goes for the pasta. I use penne because it soaks up the broth and tomato juices. But you can use whatever you have on hand, as long as it has a similar cooking time to penne. Both farfalle and rotini would work well in my tasty turkey parm pasta as well.

If you like the combo of ground turkey and pasta, Italian Wedding Soup is a great way to use ground turkey meatballs!

Easy Family Meal - Turkey Parmesan Pasta

Turkey Parmesan Pasta Notes:

This Turkey Parmesan Pasta recipe is very similar to my Chicken & Tomato Pasta recipe, but it doesn't require a Pampered Chef Deep Covered Baker. So if you are looking for something similar that is a little easier to make and requires less kitchen gear…this one is for you!

Turkey parm pasta cooks right on the stovetop, in just one pan. I use this 5-quart skillet since it comes with a lid. It's perfect for this recipe and many of our family favorites.

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Yield: 6 servings

One Pot Turkey Parmesan Pasta

Easy recipes like this one-pot Turkey Parmesan Pasta make getting dinner on the table possible--even on busy weeknights! Add it to your meal plan rotation for a quick and easy dinner recipe. 

Easy recipes like this one-pot Turkey Parmesan Pasta make getting dinner on the table possible--even on busy weeknights! Add it to your meal plan rotation for a quick and easy dinner recipe. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with Italian spices (or add your own)
  • 2 cups uncooked whole wheat pasta
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 cups low-sodium beef broth (I use jarred Better Than Bouillon)

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet over medium/high heat, saute the onion and green pepper until soft.
  2. Add the ground turkey, breaking up into small pieces. Once cooked, remove from pan with a slotted spoon, leaving the drippings/juice. Set the meat mixture aside.
  3. Return the skillet to the heat and add the beef broth, tomatoes, and pasta. Stir to coat all of the pasta. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium.
  4. Cook, covered, for 15 minutes, or until pasta is tender.
  5. Return turkey vegetable mixture to the skillet and stir in 1/2 cup of the cheese. Heat through.
  6. Serve with remaining Parmesan sprinkled on top.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 331Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 493mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 26g

Looking for more great turkey recipes to try?

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Wanda Radler

Monday 21st of April 2014

Tried this recipe tonight and it was great and yes - very easy. my son even had two helpings! Thanks Gina!!

Real Food Recipe Roundup Week 1 #RealFoodRecipes Musings of a Housewife

Sunday 20th of April 2014

[…] traveling, so realistically, I expect we will order pizza takeout when we get home. May I suggest Turkey Parmesan Pasta from Moneywise Moms? It’s easy and inexpensive and healthy! (And it sounds […]

Noelle (@singerinkitchen)

Thursday 17th of April 2014

YUM! Easy peasy!

Niki S.

Thursday 17th of April 2014

OMG! I love anything "parm" and this turkey parm dish looks amazing! Definitely printing and putting into rotation for next week. Thanks for sharing!

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