Cauliflower, Mushroom and Lean Ground Turkey Pasta

Cauliflower Mushroom Ground Turkey Pasta

You know a recipe is legit when it’s all you can think about weeks after trying it for the first time! A friend made this on a girl’s night and I had multiple helpings without feeling grossly stuffed. I love it because it’s filled with tons of veggies and meat, and a light alternative to an all-pasta meal.

I loved it so much that I dreamed about it for 3 nights straight, then decided to make it when my parents were visiting me for the weekend. I hadn’t seen them since Christmas vacation, and I definitely wanted to make both my mom and dad proud. “See mom, I can feed myself!” My mom is a Bulgarian home cook extraordinaire and my dad worked as a chef for over 20 years. Pressure is on.

They l-o-o-o-o-v-e-d it. …At least that’s what they said.

Cauliflower, Mushroom, Lean Ground Turkey Pasta

Makes: 4 servings
Time to prepare: 25 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup sliced onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Olive oil
  • Splash of red wine
  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped into chunks
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Angel hair or bow tie pasta
  • 1.5 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • Red pepper flakes

WHAT DO I DO?

  1. Boil water and cook pasta al dente. Add salt to the pot while cooking to prevent the pasta from sticking.
  2. IN SKILLET: Heat up and saute minced garlic, onions and mushrooms. Add a splash of red wine for flavor, and set aside. Using the same (now empty) skillet, cook the ground turkey until it’s no longer pink.
  3. IN ANOTHER SKILLET: Dry roast the chopped cauliflower, flipping the pieces occasionally to get a nice golden brown on the surface. Once cooked, add the cooked ground turkey to the skillet. Season with cumin, salt and pepper. Add 1 cup of pasta water to the skillet, cover and heat on low until the water is mostly absorbed (this will steam the cauliflower).
  4. IN A BOWL: Mix the cooked pasta, sauteed veggies and ground turkey/cauliflower mix. Top with shredded Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes before serving.

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