Tuscan Wild Turkey Pasta

With turkey season in full swing, this classic Italian pasta dish is one that you will want to give a try and impress all of your friends and family.

This is one of my favorite ways to cook and serve wild turkey breast. It is aesthetically pleasing to the eye and easy to make. It is a one pot dish (minus the pasta pot) that hails from the Italian province of Tuscany.

It pairs well with any red wine if you want to get fancy. If you find yourself with left-overs, I like to vacuum seal individual portions so that I can eat it throughout the year.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 12 oz angel hair pasta
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 side of the wild turkey breast chopped into bite size pieces
  • 6 slices bacon chopped into small pieces
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • ¼ cup chopped mushrooms (I prefer wild oyster mushrooms)
  • 3 tbsp chopped sundried tomatoes
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes – drained
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½  cup chicken stock (or wild turkey stock if available)
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped basil
  • Salt and pepper

PREPARATION: Serves 6

  1. In a large pot, cook pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, add oil. Season turkey with salt and pepper and cook until golden brown on each side. Remove from skillet. Let rest for 5 minutes.
  3. In the same skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crispy. Remove bacon, and pat dry with paper towels. Drain out half of the rendered bacon grease from skillet.
  4. Add garlic, diced tomatoes, and spinach to skillet and cook over medium heat until the spinach is wilted. Season with salt and pepper, then add heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, stock, mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes.
  5. Add back the turkey and bacon and combine thoroughly and simmer for 10 minutes to ensure that the turkey is cooked through.
  6. Add cooked pasta and toss until fully coated.
  7. Garnish with basil.
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Jason Thornton was born and raised hunting, fishing, trapping, foraging and gardening in south Louisiana. His personal belief is that all of nature’s ingredients are better if you have to work for them. He can be found at EdibleOutdoorsCook.com.