Farfalle with Ground Turkey and Spinach in Alfredo


For the Alfredo
3 tbsp unsalted butter
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups half-and-half
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
For the Pasta
8 oz. dried farfalle
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp finely chopped red onion
3/4 lb ground turkey
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
2 cups coarsely chopped fresh spinach leaves
1/2 cup dry white wine


For the Alfredo
Heat a medium saucepan over low heat and melt the butter. Stir in the garlic and cook 3 minutes, until slightly softened and very fragrant.
Increase the heat to medium and slowly stir in the half-and-half. Season with salt and pepper.
Bring to a slight simmer (not a boil) and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Reduce the heat to low and stir in the cheese and chopped thyme. (If not ready to use, remove from the heat and cover, then gently rewarm.)
For the Pasta
Boil the farfalle in boiling, salted water about 10 minutes. Drain.
Heat a large, deep skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the onion and turkey and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the onion has softened and the turkey is just cooked through, about 5 minutes.
Add the spinach and white wine. Cook until the spinach has wilted and the mixture has reduced slightly, 3-4 minutes.
Pour the alfredo into the turkey mixture and stir gently to combine. Add the cooked pasta and toss well to coat.
Divide the farfalle in alfredo among 4 pasta bowls and serve right away.


L Gzy's picture

This recipe is BOOKING AWESOME!!! I make it a couple times a month. My roommates love it every time. I strongly recommend adding this to your regular meals. Do not forget the white wine, it makes it so tasty.

PS Hill's picture

Thank you so much! Glad to hear you enjoy the dish, and I appreciate your comments.



Creamy, cheesy alfredo is one of the tastiest of traditional Italian sauces for pasta. It also packs a lot of fat and calories. This recipe isn’t low-cal, but it is lightened a little with half-and-half in place of heavy cream and ground turkey in place of fatty ground meats. It's warm, satisfying comfort food that makes an easy, inviting dinner any night of the week.


Serves 4


Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 12:46pm

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