Thursday, August 19, 2010

Penne with Light & Easy Sauce

This recipe is dedicate to those of you who love pasta as much as I do,  but try to avoid the heavy sauces that weigh you down.  This recipe goes very well when you make the Cheesy Twisted Breadsticks recipe with it.


Penne with Light & Easy Sauce

1 tablespoon EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 lb ground turkey
1 red onions diced
2 tablespoons butter
2 to 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup vodka
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes, drained
1/4 cup spinach, chopped
1 cup plain yogurt
1 box penne rigate (whole wheat)
1 c Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated

Place a large pot of water over high heat for the pasta.

Heat a deep saucepan or skillet over medium heat with EVOO and butter. Add onions and garlic to skillet, season with salt and pepper. Add vodka and reduce a minute or 2. Add tomatoes and spinach, then stir. Heat through then add yogurt and let reduce at a low, bubbling simmer while pasta cooks.

Cook pasta in boiling, salted water to al dente and drain.

Add herbs to pasta sauce and stir to heat through, 1-2 minutes. Add pasta to sauce and toss 1 minute to combine. Serve pasta with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese at the table.

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