Turkey and Broccoli Orecchiette

Quickly cooked and easy to eat, Turkey and Broccoli Orecchiette is the perfect weeknight meal for a busy family. Ground turkey is cooked with garlic and spices, then tossed with broccoli, orecchiette and parmesan to make a delectable dish.

Quickly cooked and easy to eat, Turkey and Broccoli Orecchiette is the perfect weeknight meal for a busy family. Ground turkey is cooked with garlic and spices, then tossed with broccoli, orecchiette and parmesan to make a delectable dish.

You know those nights when you want something delicious and homemade to eat without the added fuss or hassle of spending a ton of time in the kitchen?


Yeah, this pasta is for you.

Quickly cooked and easy to eat, Turkey and Broccoli Orecchiette is the perfect weeknight meal for a busy family. Ground turkey is cooked with garlic and spices, then tossed with broccoli, orecchiette and parmesan to make a delectable dish.

I have what some would call a “magazine problem.”

I receive a few magazines in the mail every month… but I’ve got a major backlog, so I find myself going through older magazines and ripping out the recipes I want to try, as well as reading any articles that sound interesting, all the time.

Which means we’re trying new dishes in our home all the time, too.

This particular recipe is strongly strongly adapted a Real Simple one. We tried the original and thought it needed a little more uumph… so we added more cheese (cheese! forever!) and lemon juice.

Quickly cooked and easy to eat, Turkey and Broccoli Orecchiette is the perfect weeknight meal for a busy family. Ground turkey is cooked with garlic and spices, then tossed with broccoli, orecchiette and parmesan to make a delectable dish.

The pasta is perfectly cooked, and you add the broccoli to cook with the pasta for the last few minutes.

The turkey is crumbly, slightly spicy and utterly delicious.

The parmesan adds a nice creaminess.

And the best part about this two-pot dish is that it is so easy to make for a weeknight meal with so little fuss, which is a MAJOR win in my book.

Here’s how you can make your own:

Turkey and Broccoli Orecchiette

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. orecchiette pasta
  • 12 oz. chopped broccoli, frozen
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt-free Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (plus more for finishing)
  • 1/2 cup reserved pasta liquid

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions, adding the broccoli during the last three minutes of the cooking. Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid, then drain and return the pasta and broccoli to the pot, and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the turkey, garlic, Cajun seasoning, red pepper flakes and salt, then cook, breaking up the meat with a spoon/spatula, until very brown.
  4. Squeeze in the lemon juice, then toss the turkey mixture with the pasta and broccoli.
  5. Measure in the parmesan and reserved pasta liquid, stirring until the cheese has melted, then serve warm with a sprinkle of parmesan on top.
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Quickly cooked and easy to eat, Turkey and Broccoli Orecchiette is the perfect weeknight meal for a busy family. Ground turkey is cooked with garlic and spices, then tossed with broccoli, orecchiette and parmesan to make a delectable dish.

What is one of your go-to easy weeknight meal?

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Erin is a professional photographer and social media manager who has a penchant for baking and cooking. She discovered her love of all things in the kitchen during her collegiate years when she missed being able to cook her own meals, and as soon as she moved off campus, she began playing with her food... and has been doing so ever since. On her blog, The Speckled Palate, she shares tried and true favorite recipes from her kitchen, as well as new faves, as she creates new dishes and tinkers her way through some well-loved cookbooks.

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Comments

  1. Well this looks delicious and it’s a perfect weeknight meal. Pinning!

  2. What is reserved pasta liquid?

    • Joanne Libonati says:

      You take out 1/2 cup of the liquid that the pasta was cooked in before it is drained, & add it to the remaining ingredients later. Chefs on tv do this all the time. Makes the sauce stick to the pasta better.

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