Thursday, April 6, 2017

Recipe: Southern Italian Turkey Pasta Puttanesca

I remembered the first time I prepared roasted whole turkey on my own, it turned out pretty good. It was time-consuming because I was doing this all on my own (with a bit of help from little one). I didn't like all the leftovers. I ended up packing them in containers and froze them. Some I gave to my parents when I visited them. With the leftovers, I made congee, soup, and even stir fry with vegetables.

Here's a new recipe idea for me that I recently learned. It's so simple and so delicious.

Southern Italian Turkey Pasta Puttanesca
(Serves: 4-6)

Recipe: Southern Italian Turkey Pasta Puttanesca


2 cups grape tomatoes
1 tsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed
5 anchovies, finely chopped
2 turkey sausages
2 tbsp capers
½ cup sundried olives, chopped
2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
1 tsp hot pepper flakes
350 gr pasta
8 cups water
1 tbsp salt for pasta water
1 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste


Season tomatoes with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Broil in the oven on the middle rack for 8 – 12 minutes until soft and lightly browned.
Bring 8 cups water to boil; add salt.
Add pasta and follow package instructions. Cook until al dente.
Very important: reserve 1 cup pasta water and set aside.
While pasta is cooking, heat ½ tbsp olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
Remove casing from sausage and break up into 1-inch pieces. Add to pan and cook until browned and cooked through.
Add anchovies and garlic and cook until anchovies dissolve and garlic is cooked through 2-3 minutes.
Add roasted tomatoes.
Add olives and capers.
Remove from heat.
Add pasta directly to saucepan.
Add ½ cup of the reserved pasta water and toss.
Add fresh basil, hot pepper and, ½ tsp olive oil.
Add up to ½ cup of additional pasta water, a little at a time, if pasta begins to dry out.
Garnish with parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

TIP: This dish works well with leftover turkey too. Just substitute the sausage for some cubed or shredded turkey breast or thighs for an equally delicious pasta dish.

Recipe: Southern Italian Turkey Pasta Puttanesca

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