This recipe was inspired by a recipe I found on Epicurious.com and the contents of my freezer. I've had a package of Italian-seasoned ground turkey in my deep freezer for quite a while now and needed to cook it before it got too frost-bitten. I found this recipe for Penne in Cream Sauce with Sausage and did some tweaking.
This is one of those recipes that is a joy to cook. I like to get everything all chopped and measured before-hand. Then it comes together so quick, all in the same pan, and it smells fantastic. I had this strange feeling of actually knowing what I was doing while cooking it. Knowing exactly what temperature and for how long to cook the mushrooms, chopping the parsley like the chefs do on TV and plating the food up to look gorgeous. Dare I say it, the results were restaurant-quality! I think I just may be an experienced cook. Try this recipe out for yourself!
Creamy Italian Turkey Penne
2 cups dry rice penne pasta (I like gluten-free from bionaturae)
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 oz. fresh button mushrooms, sliced
20 oz. Italian-seasoned ground turkey (such as from Jennie-O)
2/3 cup dry white wine (I used Pinot Grigio)
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
6 Tablespoons chopped Italian parsley, divided
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
- Prepare pasta according to package directions.
- Meanwhile, melt butter with oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and mushrooms and sauté until tender, about 7 minutes. Add ground turkey and sauté until cooked through, breaking up with back of spoon, about 7 minutes. Add wine to skillet and boil until almost all liquid evaporates, 4 to 5 minutes. Reduce heat and add heavy cream and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the pepper, 4 tablespoons of the parsley, and 3/4 cup of the cheese.
- Dish out onto plates and sprinkle with remaining parsley and cheese.