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2.67 from 3 votes

Healthy Ground Turkey Puttanesca

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Puttanesca
Servings: 8


  • 1 16 oz pkg whole wheat Delallo rigatoni pasta
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 2 oz can anchovies roughly chopped
  • 5-7 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup capers
  • 1 10 oz can tomato puree
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup tarragon chopped
  • 1 lb ground beef or turkey
  • 6 Tbsp. olive oil divided in half
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley and shaved parmesan to garnish
  • 1/2 cup marinated or kalamata olives pitted, chopped


  • In a large skillet, heat 3 Tbsp of olive oil. When hot, add the ground turkey and cook over medium high heat. Add the salt and pepper and use a spatula or wooden spoon to gently break the meat into smaller pieces. When meat is fully cooked, remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Using the same pan, heat the remaining 3 Tbsp of olive oil. When the oil is hot, add in the garlic cloves, anchovies, capers, olives, and tarragon and cook for 4-5 minutes on medium heat.
  • Add the ground turkey, tomato paste, and tomato puree to the above garlic and anchovies mixture. Mix ingredients together thoroughly over medium heat, then reduce heat to lowest temperature and cover skillet—salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cook your pasta according to the directions on the package. When pasta is cooked and drained, gently incorporate it into the sauce.
  • To serve, garnish pasta with fresh parmesan and parsley. Enjoy!