Turkey Penne with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce Recipe - Clean Eating Magazine

Turkey Penne with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Sweet and tender frozen petite peas, or baby peas, give our Bolognese-style sauce a burst of color and freshness.
Turkey Penne with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Turkey Penne with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Making your own sauce from simple pantry ingredients, such as jarred peppers, canned tomatoes and dried herbs, is a great money-saving trick. Customize it to your taste by playing around with different herbs and spices.

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  • 4Servings


  • 1 15½-oz jar roasted red bell peppers, drained and roughly chopped
  • 1 14½-oz BPA-free can or jar unsalted diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp each dried thyme 
and rosemary, divided
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, plus additional, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 8 oz whole-grain penne
  • 1 cup frozen petite or baby peas, thawed
  • 2 cups packed baby arugula
  • 3/4 cup whole-milk 
ricotta cheese
  • Zest of 1 lemon


  1. In a food processor, purée bell peppers, tomatoes, garlic powder and 1/4 tsp each thyme and rosemary until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Mist a large skillet with cooking spray and heat on medium-high. Add turkey, black pepper, salt and remaining ¼ tsp each thyme and rosemary and cook, breaking up turkey with a spoon, until no longer pink, about 8 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large pot, cook pasta al dente according to package directions. Drain and return to pot.
  4. Stir bell pepper mixture and peas into pasta and cook on medium-low, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 2 minutes. Stir in turkey mixture and arugula. Divide among plates. Top with ricotta and lemon zest, dividing evenly. Sprinkle with additional black pepper.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 2 cups
  • Calories: 517
  • Carbohydrate Content: 58 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 108 mg
  • Fat Content: 16.5 g
  • Fiber Content: 10 g
  • Protein Content: 37 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 6.5 g
  • Sodium Content: 469 mg
  • Sugar Content: 7 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content: 3.5 g