Turkey & Zucchini “Unstuffed Shells”
Give classic stuffed shells a deconstructed makeover with this quick and easy Turkey & Zucchini “Unstuffed Shells” recipe! Toss pasta shells with Honeysuckle White® Lean Ground Turkey, zucchini, spinach, & your favorite marinara sauce, then serve over a bed of whipped cottage cheese for a creamy finish. A healthy, flavorful, & protein-packed dinner for any night of the week!
- 4 Servings
- 10 minutes Prep Time
- 15 minutes Total Time
- 1 package Honeysuckle White® Ground Turkey (any lean point)
- 8 oz. medium pasta shells
- 1 medium zucchini, diced
- 5 oz. baby spinach
- 1 24-oz. jar pasta sauce of choice
- 1 ½ tsp. garlic salt, divided
- 16 oz. cottage cheese
- 2-3 tbsp. olive oil, divided
Step 1Boil the pasta: Bring a large pot of well-seasoned water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until it reaches al dente. Drain & set aside.
Step 2Whip the cottage cheese: Place the cottage cheese in a food processor. Pulse to break down the curds, then let the food processor run 2-3 minutes, or until the cottage cheese is fully whipped with a light & creamy texture – stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor as needed. Set aside for serving.
Step 3Brown the turkey: Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add Honeysuckle White® Lean Ground Turkey & season with 1 teaspoon of garlic salt. Using a wooden spoon to break the ground turkey into fine crumbles as it cooks, cook 5-6 minutes, or until cooked through. Transfer to a plate.
Step 4Prep the turkey & zucchini "unstuffed shells": To the same pan used to brown the turkey, add the remaining olive oil. Once hot, add the diced zucchini. Season with ½ teaspoon garlic salt & cook 4-5 minutes, until softened. Add the browned turkey, baby spinach, & pasta sauce to the skillet, stirring to combine well. Toss in the pasta & cook 1-2 minutes longer to bring everything together.
Step 5Serve: Spread the whipped cottage cheese across the bottom of a shallow bowl, then spoon the turkey & zucchini "unstuffed shells" over top. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
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