Spaghetti and Stuff in 30 Minutes

Spaghetti and Stuff in 30 Minutes

Spaghetti and Stuff sounds like a perfect family meal, right?

It was dinner time. And though I wasn’t in the mood to cook, I had some ground turkey already thawed that I couldn’t let go to waste. I wasn’t in the mood for tacos. Or meatloaf. Or burgers, because we had just had sloppy joes the night before. I thought maybe something with potatoes, but then I realized we didn’t have any. So I looked around the pantry and fridge and threw something together.

I had some spaghetti, so I set that to boil with a splash of olive oil.

I browned the ground turkey and seasoned it with about a teaspoon of Italian dressing packet and ground black pepper. 

I found a can of stewed tomatoes with oregano and basil, so I added that to the meat. And then I threw in about a cup of frozen spinach. (If I had fresh tomatoes and spinach, that probably would work too, but I was dealing with what was on hand.) I added a clove of chopped garlic. 

Ground Turkey with Tomato and Spinach

Ground Turkey with Tomato and Spinach

I lowered the heat and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. When the pasta was done I added it to the meat pan along with some of the pasta water (about half a cup). And let it simmer a bit more.

Finally, I served it up with a sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese.

And here’s the thing, it’s a totally versatile dish! I can add other vegetables, like zucchini, green beans, asparagus, or whatever sounds good. I can spice it up with some jalapeño, red chili flakes, or sriracha. Instead of ground turkey, I can use chicken, ground beef, or sausage. Or no meat at all! 

The twins love eating spaghetti and stuff

The Twins Love It

A big hit with everyone and a new 30 minute dish to add to our menu rotation. I love it when that happens.


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