Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Gluten-Free Turkey Pesto Pasta ~ A Recipe

This recipe was concocted in the Trader Joe's isles a couple months ago in a desperate attempt to come up with a super-quick, super-frugal supper.  Bottom line.  It actually worked.  Let me break this down for you:

6 ingredients
15 minutes prep time
10 servings
 $1.57 per hearty serving

Hello!  The best part is... My family loves it.  Thank you, Jesus.  When you're faced with the option of either getting fast food or preparing something quick, a dish like this ends up being cheaper, way more nourishing, and by the time you're done making it, it would have taken you longer to go to a drive-thru.  So there, take-out "food."

Gluten-Free Turkey Pesto Pasta
1 package ground turkey (approx. 1.5 pounds)
1, 16-oz. bag organic brown rice pasta
1 jar pesto (mine was 6.7 oz. Even better, have some of your own on hand and use that!)
2 cloves garlic, seeded & minced
1 jar olives (we used the whole jar of kalamata as a treat.  We heart olives.  You can use less, or even non if you don't like them).
Parmesan cheese to taste (optional)

  1. Start cooking pasta.  While it cooks, brown turkey.
  2. Once the turkey is fully cooked, stir in pesto, garlic, and olives.  You can slice them, but if you're in a hurry, just dump them in like I did.
  3. By the time the meat mixture is done, the noodles should be ready.  Combine pasta and meat mixture.  Serve in bowls, top with Parmesan cheese.


  1. yum... thanks for a new idea! My hubby will love you. :)

  2. I LOVE Trader Joe's Brown Rice pasta. It tastes better than the more expensive brands at Whole Foods.

  3. Just wanted to write again and say this recipe is SO yummy!! And SO easy!! We've made it twice now, and last time I threw in some chopped onion I needed to use, but it tastes just fine without. LOVE the kalamata olives - they make the recipe. My only problem is finding a brand that uses just olive oil - does anyone have a good brand they like? I'm not likely to make it myself, because basil up here is really pricey, and my basil plant just died because the weather turned cold really fast... Anyway, thanks for the recipe!

  4. This is one of my family's favorite recipes!! I like to add sliced mushrooms if I have 'em :)

  5. That's great! I'd totally add mushrooms if my family would let me. ;)

  6. This was AWESOME! Thanks for another great recipe!

  7. Do you know if you can soak the rice pasta like you would flour? Does it have the phytic acid like nuts and flour grains?

  8. Mmmmm....I am going to try this! Thank you!!!


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