One Pot Ground Turkey and Spinach Recipe with Pasta

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Artichokes and creamy sauce take this ground turkey and spinach recipe with pasta to the next level! It is a quick and delicious one-pot dinner that combines the flavors of spinach and artichoke dip with pasta. It’s sure to be a hit with the whole family.

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This easy recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight meal when you want delicious and satisfying but don’t have a lot of time! Ground turkey is a lean protein that cooks quickly which makes this a delicious dinner option that’s healthy too! With just one pan, you can make dinner and cleanup will be a breeze.

Why you will love turkey and spinach pasta

  • It’s a healthy and flavorful dinner recipe made with wholesome ingredients.
  • It’s a simple recipe to prepare and takes less than an hour to make!
  • Ground turkey and spinach is a one-pot recipe, which means easy clean-up.

Here is what you will need

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Ingredients

  • Lean ground turkey
  • Pasta
  • Fresh spinach
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Artichokes
  • Milk
  • Flour
  • Olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese

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How to make ground this turkey and spinach recipe with artichokes

a picture of cooked turkey with onions and garlic added

STEP 1: Cook the turkey over medium-high heat in a large skillet, add the onions and garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes.

STEP 2: Reduce the heat to medium heat, add the pasta and water to the pan. Cover and cook until the pasta is al dente – about 8 minutes.

a picture of water pouring into a skillet with turkey and pasta
overhead view of cooked pasta and turkey with artichokes

STEP 3: Reduce to low heat, and stir in the artichokes and milk, stir it into the turkey mixture and thicken the sauce with flour.

STEP 4: Add the spinach,let it wilt and stir in the cheese.

a picture of the cooked pasta with spinach, sauce

If you like one pot pasta recipes, be sure to try this Philly Cheesesteak Pasta recipe!

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

Milk – Heavy cream, half and half, or watered-down Greek yogurt can substitute for milk. For a dairy-free version, use an equal amount of almond, soy, or oat milk that can be substituted for a dairy-free.

Fresh spinach – Tender baby spinach is the best option for this recipe, but you can also use regular spinach and chop it or frozen chopped spinach. If you use frozen spinach, it which will have to be thawed and drained before adding it to the pasta.

Pasta – Any pasta can be used to make this pasta recipe. We like fussili or penne, but any version will work.

Garlic – Fresh garlic is the best option, but if it’s not available, you can use 1/2 to 2/3 teaspoon garlic powder.

How to store leftover ground turkey and spinach with pasta

Store leftover pasta in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Add a little milk or chicken broth before heating it up over low heat on top of the stove.

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Recipe variations

Spicy Spinach and Turkey Pasta – Add a dash or two of crushed red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper for a spicy kick.

Mediterranean Spinach and Turkey Pasta – Replace the milk with a dash of vegetable stock or chicken broth, add olives, red bell peppers or roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, and feta cheese for a Mediterranean flavor.

Beef or Pork Spinach and Pasta – Replace the turkey with any type of ground meat such as lean ground beef or pork.

Ground Turkey with Mushrooms and Spinach – Replace artichokes with 8 ounces of sliced and sauteed mushrooms.

Ground Turkey with Rice and Spinach – Replace the pasta with cooked rice and serve the turkey and spinach mixture on top of it.

Add more cheese – Add another variety of cheese or substitute parmesan cheese with any of the following: mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, gruyerre cheese, or romano cheese.

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Serving suggestions

Serve this tasty ground turkey with spinach and pasta garnished with any combination of green onions, fresh herbs, Italian seasoning, or sea salt and black pepper and a salad like this arugula salad, spinach salad, or kale caesar salad to make it a complete meal.

Tips

    • If you are using fresh spinach, try not to overcook it for the best results, let it wilt and stir it into the pasta.
    • If you are using canned artichokes, make sure they are fully drained before adding them to the pasta.
    • Make the recipe kid-friendly by chopping the spinach and blending it into the sauce with a food processor or blender.
    Can I freeze leftovers?

    You can freeze leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw the leftover pasta overnight in the refrigerator and reheat it gently on the stove or in the microwave.

    How can I adjust the texture of the sauce?

    If the sauce is too thin, you can make it thicker by mixing a small amount of cornstarch or flour with cold water and gradually stir it into the pot. If it’s too thick adjust the texture by adding a little bit of water or milk.

    How can I make this dish gluten-free?

    You can easily make this dish gluten-free by using gluten-free pasta such as chickpea pasta and thickening the sauce with cornstarch or arrowroot instead of flour.

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    Ground Turkey and Spinach Recipe

    An easy recipe that is perfect for a busy weeknight meal when you want delicious and satisfying but don't have a lot of time! 
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 25 minutes

    Click on serving size to scale this recipe

    Course: Dinner Recipes
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: ground turkey and spinach recipe
    Servings: 4 People
    Calories: 476kcal
    Author: Anne

    Equipment

    Scale this Recipe 4 People

    Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
    • 3/4 pound Ground Turkey
    • 2 Cloves Garlic chopped
    • 1/4 Cup Onion chopped
    • 8 ounces Dry Pasta
    • 2 Cups Water
    • 1/2 Cup Artichoke quarters
    • 1 Cup Baby spinach
    • 2 Tablespoons Milk or Cream
    • 1 Tablespoon Flour
    • 3 Ounces Parmesan Cheese

    Instructions

    • Heat 1 1/2 Tablespoons Olive Oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Once it's hot add 3/4 pound Ground Turkey and cook for a few minutes until it's almost cooked through. Add 2 Cloves Garlic (chopped) and 1/4 Cup Onion (chopped).
    • Reduce to medium heat, and add 8 ounces Dry Pasta and 2 Cups Water to the skillet; cover the skillet and cook for 8 to 10 minutes until it is cooked al dente.
    • Reduce the heat to low heat, and stir in 1/2 Cup Artichoke quarters, 2 Tablespoons Milk or Cream and up to 1 Tablespoon Flour to thicken the sauce.
    • Add 1 Cup Baby spinach and 3 Ounces Parmesan Cheese (shredded) stir to combine and serve.

    Notes

    Store leftover pasta in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Add a little milk or chicken broth before heating it up over low heat on top of the stove.
    • If you are using fresh spinach, try not to overcook it for the best results, let it wilt and stir it into the pasta.
    • If you are using canned artichokes, make sure they are fully drained before adding them to the pasta.
    • Make the recipe kid-friendly by chopping the spinach and blending it into the sauce with a food processor or blender.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1 | Calories: 476kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 679mg | Potassium: 492mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 921IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 228mg | Iron: 2mg

    Nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used

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