pasta in a cast iron pan being served

Easy Italian Pasta Skillet

Made with lean ground turkey and fresh ingredients for a fabulous family meal!

Course Dinner, Main Course, pasta
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
283 kcal


  • 1 pound ground turkey 93/7 sausage, ground chicken or beef can be substituted
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cups rotini pasta, uncooked
  • 2 14 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese or parmasan


  1. Bring large pot of water to a boil.  Season liberally with salt.  Cook pasta according to package directions.  Start your sauce while the pasta is cooking.  

  2. Heat large skillet (cast iron if you have it) over medium high heat.

  3. Add olive oil and ground turkey.  Saute'  until cooked through and slightly brown and crumbly.

  4. Add chopped onion and garlic.  Sauté  until soft.

  5. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, basil and oregano.  TASTE FOR SEASONING.

  6. Simmer for about 5 minutes until heated through and bubbly.

  7. Drain cooked pasta and add to the tomato sauce.  Stir well.  Top with cheese and continue to simmer until cheese is melted.  Serve with simple green salad and fresh baguette!

Recipe Notes

use ground beef, sausage or ground chicken in lieu of ground turkey. Add diced carrots, celery, zucchini or chopped broccoli if desired. Use any shape of pasta you have on hand!

Nutrition Facts
Easy Italian Pasta Skillet
Amount Per Serving
Calories 283 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 70mg23%
Sodium 408mg17%
Potassium 318mg9%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 265IU5%
Vitamin C 3.6mg4%
Calcium 134mg13%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.