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TURKEY PASTA SKILLET WITH CRANBERRY CREAM SAUCE

Leftover turkey? No problem! This quick & easy turkey pasta skillet with cranberry cream sauce has all your favorite holiday flavors rolled into one. It’s so totally different that they’ll never guess it’s leftovers!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Linda Warren

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb. Barilla Angel Hair Pasta cooked
  • 6 pcs bacon cooked til crisp then crumbled
  • 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 sweet onion chopped (about 2/3 cup)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1-1/2 cups fat-free half and half
  • 1/2 cup Clos du Bois Chardonnay
  • 1 can whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 10- oz frozen peas
  • 3 cups cooked turkey or chicken chopped
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese grated
  • Garnish: sliced green onions chopped parsley

Directions

  1. Cook Barilla pasta according to package directions. Drain in colander and set aside.
  2. Fry bacon in large 12” oven-safe skillet until crisp. Remove from pan to paper towel to cool.
  3. Add onion, bell pepper and minced garlic to bacon fat in skillet and saute for 5 minutes or until onion is soft.
  4. Whisk in half and half, chardonnay, cranberry sauce and seasonings. Stir well and let simmer for 5 minutes. Add cheese and stir until melted.
  5. Add frozen peas, chopped turkey and ¾ of the bacon, reserving remaining bacon for garnish. Cover and let simmer for 10 minutes, or until peas are cooked. Add pasta and stir well.
  6. Top with parmesan cheese and place under broiler until cheese is browned, about 5 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and garnish with remaining bacon and sliced green onions.
  8. Note: If making ahead of time you can get to the step where you add the pasta & top with cheese. Let cool. Cover and refrigerate. When ready to serve, remove cover, place in preheated 350 degree oven and bake for about 30 minutes. You can place under the broiler for the last 5 minutes if you like your cheese browned.

Recipe Notes

If making ahead of time you can get to the step where you add the pasta & top with cheese. Let cool. Cover and refrigerate. When ready to serve, remove cover, place in preheated 350 degree oven and bake for about 30 minutes. You can place under the broiler for the last 5 minutes if you like your cheese browned.