Spiced Turkey & Cavatappi Pasta with Peppers, Onion & Currants

Spiced Turkey & Cavatappi Pasta

with Peppers, Onion & Currants

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    2 Servings
  • icon-nutrition Created with Sketch. Est. 760 Cals/serving

This unique dish highlights quatre épices—a warming blend of nutmeg, ginger, white pepper, and cloves—which lends deep, bold flavor to the turkey, onion, and peppers we’re tossing into spirals of cavatappi pasta.

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Spiced Turkey & Cavatappi Pasta with Peppers, Onion & Currants
  • 10 oz Ground Turkey
  • 6 oz Cavatappi Pasta
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • ½ lb Sweet Peppers
  • 2 Tbsps Tomato Paste
  • 2 Tbsps Mascarpone Cheese
  • ½ oz Sweet Piquante Peppers
  • 2 Tbsps Dried Currants
  • 1 tsp Quatre Épices (White Pepper, Nutmeg, Ginger & Cloves)
  • 1 tsp Whole Dried Oregano

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Prepare the ingredients
1 Prepare the ingredients

Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve, peel, and medium dice the onion. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Cut off and discard the stems of the sweet peppers; remove the cores. Halve lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Roughly chop the piquante peppers

2 Cook the pasta

Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 7 to 9 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly. 

Cook the pasta
Cook the turkey & vegetables
3 Cook the turkey & vegetables

Meanwhile, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the diced onion and chopped garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 3 to 4 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the turkey, sliced sweet peppers, quatre épices, and oregano; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently and breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Carefully drain off and discard any excess liquid. 

4 Make the sauce

To the pan, add the tomato paste, currants, and chopped piquante peppers; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until thoroughly combined and the turkey is cooked through. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. 

Make the sauce
Finish & serve your dish:
5 Finish & serve your dish:

To the pan, add the cooked pasta and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the pasta is coated (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Turn off the heat. Stir in the mascarpone until combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Enjoy!