Hearty Turkey Bowtie Pasta

Hearty Turkey Bowtie Pasta

1 pound turkey sausage links, remove meat from casing
Kosher salt and black pepper
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (more for finishing, if needed)
½ cup dry white wine (optional)
8 ounces baby bella mushrooms (crimini), coarsely chopped
Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (more for a spicy version)
1 cup frozen peas
1 pound bowtie pasta
2 to 3 cups fresh baby spinach
Freshly grated parmesan cheese

Fill a large pot with water, add 2 tablespoons kosher salt and bring to a boil.

Remove turkey meat from casing and season with salt and pepper. In a large sauté pan over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the ground turkey and cook over medium heat until golden brown, breaking up the meat into bite-size chunks. Transfer meat to a heatproof bowl and set aside.

If including white wine, add to the hot pan and cook over medium-high heat until at least ¾ of the liquid has evaporated, scraping up any brown bits of meat from the bottom of the pan.

Add 2 tablespoons olive oil and heat over medium until hot but not smoking. Add the chopped mushrooms and red pepper flakes, and season with a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Sauté over medium heat until all the liquid has evaporated, about 5 to 6 minutes, stirring often.

Add the pasta to the boiling water at this time and cook for 8 to 9 minutes until just al dente. Reserve a cup of the pasta water before draining noodles into a colander.

Meanwhile, as the pasta is cooking, add the peas to the mushroom pan and sauté for 4 minutes. Add the cooked turkey to the pan and cook for 4 minutes more, then remove pan from heat and set aside.

Return the cooked pasta to the large pot and add the meat mixture, stirring until well combined. Add the reserved pasta water and cook over medium-low heat, stirring often to prevent the pasta from sticking to the bottom of the pot.

After 3 minutes, add the baby spinach and a drizzle of olive oil, toss gently to combine and cook for 2 more minutes until the spinach just starts to wilt. Taste and add more seasoning as desired. Add the freshly grated cheese and stir to combine. Serve family-style in a large platter, with more grated cheese on the side.