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Playing Penne with Turkey and Broccolini


  • 3/4 pound penne pasta
  • 1/4 cup EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
  • 1 bunch broccolini (about 9 ounces), tough ends trimmed, stalks and florets chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 pound ground turkey, preferably dark meat
  • Parmesan cheese, for topping (optional)


Serves: 4


In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the penne until al dente, 11-13 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, add 2 tablespoons EVOO over medium-high heat. Add the broccolini and season with salt and pepper. Stir in two tablespoons water, cover and cook until tender-crisp, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

Lower the heat to medium, add the remaining EVOO and the onion, and cook until soft, 6-8 minutes. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper, and cook until fragrant, 1-2 minutes. Push the onion to the side of the pan, increase the heat to medium-high and crumble in the turkey; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until the meat is no longer pink, about 5 minutes.

Add the pasta, broccolini and three-quarters of the reserved pasta water to the turkey; toss well. Add the remaining pasta water, if needed, to the sauce.