Pesto Turkey Pasta Recipe

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Give this family-friendly entrée a try tonight. With just a few ingredients and short start-to-finish time, we’re sure it’ll become a supper staple.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 3 cups uncooked tricolor spiral pasta
  • 1 package (17.6 ounces) turkey breast cutlets, cut into thin strips
  • 3 tablespoons prepared Italian salad dressing
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) roasted sweet red peppers, drained and cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup prepared pesto
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese, optional


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute turkey in salad dressing until no longer pink.
  2. Drain pasta; add to the skillet. Stir in the red peppers, pesto, salt and pepper; heat through. Sprinkle with pine nuts and Parmesan cheese if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Pesto Turkey Pasta in Simple & Delicious November/December 2007, p30

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momax2 User ID: 1024666 82864
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2014

"Very delicious. It's a favorite of mine to take to a potluck. The dish always comes home empty."

bereitbach User ID: 4958434 136552
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2013

"My whole family liked this. I substituted the turkey for chicken that I had on hand and left out the salt, pepper and pine nuts. The parmesan cheese added enough extra flavor for us. I will definitely file this in the recipe box to use again. It was very easy."

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