Monday, June 16, 2008

Turkey-Sage Penne Pasta

Good recipes using ground turkey can be difficult to find. I put this one together about three years ago, and it is now a staple at our house. We grow fresh sage in the garden, which I would highly recommend for this dish. Although it combines olive oil and butter, use as much or as little as suits your taste and dietary needs.


1 pound ground turkey or ground turkey breast
1/2 small white onion, minced
8 large leaves fresh sage
Extra virgin olive oil
4 tbs. salted butter
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 pound penne pasta

Begin by browning the turkey, uncovered, in a large skillet with a lid. Cook pasta according to package directions and drain. Once turkey is browned, remove it from the pan and reduce heat. Add 1 tbs. olive oil and onion and cook gently until onion is softened. Slice sage leaves into fine slivers. Return the meat to the pan and add half the sage. Saute together for 1 minute. Add 2 tbs. more olive oil and butter to the pan. As butter melts, toss the mixture to coat and add remaining fresh sage. Add pasta to the pan and toss again. Serve warm in shallow pasta bowls.


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