Turkey & Pasta with Cilantro Pesto

Turkey & Pasta with Cilantro Pesto

Turkey & Pasta with Cilantro Pesto

A member of the parsley family, cilantro (also known as coriander leaves) is the world's most widely used herb. Its vibrant flavor infuses a Southwest sensation to this pasta and turkey combination. Turkey breast cut into strips may be substituted for turkey tenders.

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Makes 6 servings


1 pound turkey tenders, cut into strips
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1-1/2 cups chopped seeded tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons orange juice
12 ounces dry linguine, cooked and kept warm


  1. Combine turkey, garlic, cumin, black pepper and red pepper in medium bowl; toss to coat. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add turkey mixture; cook 4 to 6 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink in center.
  2. Add tomatoes; cook 2 minutes. Stir in cilantro, cheese and orange juice; cook 1 minute.
  3. Toss turkey mixture and linguine in bowl. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size: about 1-1/4 cups
Sodium 112 mg
Protein 23 g
Fiber 1 g
Carbohydrate 48 g
Cholesterol 33 mg
Saturated Fat 2 g
Total Fat 9 g
Calories from Fat 22 %
Calories 365

Dietary Exchange

Meat 1-1/2
Vegetable 1
Starch 3
Fat 1

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