Have you noticed how much easier it is becoming to find organic, all-natural products in the grocery stores? In my local market, they size of the “organic” section in the produce department has doubled in the last few years! I decided to whip up a dinner for my family that uses all-natural, organic ingredients. I was inspired by this organic, free-range ground turkey that I found at my local market. I had this $2 off coupon, so the price perfect. The dinner turned out pretty tasty, and was ready in under 45 minutes! Here’s what I came up with:
Ground Turkey and Heirloom Tomatoes with Broccolini
This dish is super easy to put together. It uses heirloom tomatoes, which are commonly found in late summer and fall. I love the funky coloring and awkwardly lopsided appearance of these tomatoes. A side of broccolini, asparagus, or some other green can give an added dose of veggies to the meal.
We are a busy working-parent family, so this worked well for me on a weeknight because it didn’t require a lot of monitoring.
Here are the basics. As I said, the veggies are locally-grown. Even the ground turkey was local! I so much prefer serving California-grown poultry to my family than a product that was probably frozen and flown in from Minnesota.
Start by setting the oven to 450. While it’s heating, prep and chop the veggies and get the pasta pot started.
Place the tomatoes, garlic, bell peppers, and 2 Tbsp. olive oil in a medium sized bowl and toss to combine. Spread the mixture out evenly on a baking pan. I line mine with tin foil to make cleanup a little easier 😉 If you’re serving turkey and heirloom tomatoes with broccolini or asparagus, you can add them to the roasting pan too. Roast the veggies for 11-14 minutes or until the tomatoes are soft and the broccolini is crisp-tender. The tomatoes may get kind of juicy, and this will help add flavor to the pasta and the broccolini in the pan.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta in boiling water for 5-7 minutes or until al dente. Angel hair pasta cooks quickly, so this doesn’t take long!
Cooking with ground turkey on a busy weeknight is a cinch because the meat cooks rather quickly. While the veggies are roasting, heat the remaining 2 Tbsp. olive oil in a pan. Add the turkey and cook until beginning to brown. Add the onions and cook another 3 minutes or until the onions are translucent and soft.
The Foster Farms ground turkey I’m using is lean, and doesn’t leave a lot of fatty liquid in the pan. Even so, you will want to drain off the juices that accumulated during cooking.
By now your kitchen should be smelling pretty amazing as the different smells from the roasting veggies start to permeate the room. Toss the turkey and heirloom tomatoes with the cooked pasta, top with some shredded cheese and basil and enjoy!
I saw on Facebook that there is also a chance to win free Foster Farms turkey if you leave a comment on this Foster Farms Facebook post. There will be multiple drawings, so good luck to all who enter!
What’s your favorite way to enjoy ground turkey?
- 8 oz. angel hair pasta
- 4 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
- 16 oz. Foster Farms Organic Ground Turkey
- 2 large heirloom tomatoes (about 1 lb.), cut into chunks
- 1 medium red bell pepper, sliced and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 4 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
- 1 small onion, diced (about 1/4 cup)
- 1 bunch broccolini (about 2 cups)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 Tbsp. (about 8 leaves) torn fresh basil
- 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- Preheat the oven to 450°.
- Cut up vegetables and trim broccolini.
- Place tomatoes, bell pepper, 2 Tbsp. olive oil, and garlic slices into a medium bowl and toss to combine.
- Arrange the tomato mixture and broccolini in a baking/roasting pan and cook at 450° for 11-14 minutes, or until broccolini is crisp-tender.
- Meanwhile, cook pasta in boiling water for 5-7 minutes or until al dente.
- While pasta and veggies are cooking, heat the remaining 2 Tbsp. olive oil in a pan on medium heat. Add the ground turkey and cook for 5 minutes or until beginning to brown, breaking it up with a spatula as it cooks.
- Add the onions and cook another 3 minutes.
- Combine roasted tomato mixture, pasta, and turkey mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste and stir together well.
- Top with a sprinkle of basil and parmesan cheese and serve immediately with a side of broccolini.