I love pasta. Although I've never made home-made pasta before, I usually cook some type of pasta dish at least once a week. The kids love pasta as well so I try to make kid-friendly pasta dishes that I hope they'll eat. This recipe looked good and was easy to make. Notice how I said it "looked" good. Both my husband and I commented that it just didn't do it for us with the ground turkey. We're used to eating a similar dish with sausage. And we realized that it definitely tastes better with sausage too! Every bite we took we were expecting a sausage taste but instead we had bland ground turkey. The parmesan cheese helped to flavor it up but this was not a favorite dish of ours. The kids enjoyed it though and I'm always happy when I make a dinner that they eat and like!
Recipe adapted from Every Day with Rachael Ray, April 2012
3/4 pound penne
1/4 cup EVOO
1 bunch broccoli rabe
salt and pepper
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 pound ground turkey, preferably dark meat
grated parmesan for topping (optional)
1.In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the penne until al dente, 11 to 13 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water.
2.Meanwhile, in a large skillet, add 2 tbsp. EVOO over medium-high heat. Add the broccoli rabe and season with salt and pepper. Stir in 2 tbsp. water, cover and cook until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
3.Lower the heat to medium, add the remaining EVOO and the onion and cook until soft, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Push the onion to the side of the pan, increase the heat to medium-high and crumble in the turkey; season. Cook, stirring, until the meat is no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
4.Add the pasta, broccoli rabe and three-quarters of the reserved pasta water to the turkey; toss well. Add the remaining pasta water if needed to thin the sauce.
Family Rating: So-so.