And believe me – it works. Just ask my husband. This is easily his favorite meal of mine I make.
(Most) men love a good hearty meal. Who doesn’t? I love pastas because they feel warm and comforting – and keep me full. What I don’t love about traditional pasta recipes are the empty carb filled noodles and the sugar-packed sauces. I love pasta, but I just don’t love the extra crap.
I used to make this red sauce + ground meat pasta recipe with traditional white noodles, red sauce, and ground beef, but with a few simple swaps I’ve managed to make this recipe not just tasty, but healthy.
A couple things to note before we dive into the recipe itself…
★ Don’t @ me, but I’m all about a jarred sauce situation. But like, a specific jarred sauce. I am married to Rao’s homemade sauces. Most jarred sauces are packed with added sugar, but Rao’s is literally as if you made the sauce yourself at home. Delicious – and none of the “bad” stuff.
★ This recipe is incredibly flexible. You can totally do this recipe sans meat if you’re vegetarian. I even sometimes pack this dish with more veggies (like sautéing spinach into it!).
★ You definitely don’t need a man. But like, if you’re in the early stages of dating, whip this recipe out and watch him salivate.
This delicious (& healthy!) red sauce pasta recipe is packed with protein! Flavorful sauce, lean ground turkey, and chickpea pasta make for a hearty and healthy meal.
Course: Main Course
Keyword: ground turkey, italian, pasta, red sauce
Medium sauce pan
1boxBanza Chickpea Pasta (your choice of noodle)
1packageLean ground turkey
1jarRao's Tomato Basil Sauce OR Marinara Sauce
Salt & pepper to taste
Start boiling your water in your medium sized pot for your pasta!
Toss chopped mushrooms into your medium saucepan on medium heat (no need for oils if you're using a nonstick pan!). Cook until the mushrooms begin to soften.
Once the mushrooms have started to soften, add lean ground turkey into the medium sauce pan, bump heat up to high. Use a spatula to "break up" the meat as it sautees.
Add Banza pasta into your boiling water. Keep an eye on this pasta – it will have some foam appear approx 3 mins after being added to the hot water (skim off the top and dispose). This pasta is also prone to overcooking, so check frequently (every 2 mins or so).
When meat is fully cooked (no longer pink), add jar of Rao's sauce and stir. When sauce starts to bubble, the sauce is complete.
When pasta is fully cooked, strain, and add into your medium sauce pan with your sauce.
Serve it up & ENJOY.
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