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Pesto Pasta with Ground Turkey and Kale

This healthy Pesto Pasta with Ground Turkey and Kale is a super easy weeknight meal that will get your kids eating kale! You can never have enough healthy ground turkey pasta recipes so add this one to your list to make!

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nonstick skillet filled with cooked pasta, pesto, kale and ground turkey

I love connecting with other moms in the same “season” as me. With having 2 kids ages 12 and 9 along with a toddler age 3, I sometimes feel like I’m straddling in between two different worlds off motherhood. If you have kids in the older elementary school/middle school age that are active in sports and other activities, then you probably understand what I mean when I say weeknights have become quite the juggling act between homework, dinnertime and practices. I absolutely love that my kids are involved in sports and I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way.

I find that most moms sitting at their kids’ practices usually have dinner on their mind and it always comes up in conversation. We are all trying to figure out how to get everyone fed in the easiest, healthiest way possible and get to where we need to go. That is the reality we are in and I have a feeling this season will fly by, just like the others have (until I have to do it all over again with the little guy!).


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Getting a quick, healthy dinner on the table

One of my go-to dinners lately has been a pasta toss of some kind, specifically this healthy ground turkey pasta recipe. When I have pesto on hand (you all know about my favorite short-cut pesto from Costco by now) my kids love having pesto pasta for dinner. As much as it kills me to admit, they don’t always love red sauce (don’t ask, I don’t understand either). I can’t keep up with the phases of what everyone likes so when I find something that everyone likes I stick with it for as long as possible.

Here are a few more healthy dinner ideas for you.

This pasta is one of those dishes everyone likes, and I’ve been making it a lot lately. I love serving it with cherry tomatoes and Greek olives on the side. It’s easy to adjust to your family’s liking too – if they don’t want kale, sub spinach! 

If you love pesto like my family does, find more healthy recipes with pesto here.

large skillet filled with pesto pasta, ground turkey and kale on a table with quartered tomatoes and greek olives

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If you are trying to introduce more kale into your family’s diet, try this Pesto Pasta with Turkey and Kale. The kale blends into the pasta and pesto so nicely, and of course the feta makes it extra delicious. I love trying new skillet pasta meals like this one on my family and this Skillet Sausage Pasta and this Chicken Parmesan Pasta Skillet are on my to-make list!

Hope you are having a great week!

This Pesto Pasta with Turkey and Kale is a super easy weeknight meal that will get your kids eating kale! Hearty and healthy recipe for busy nights. Recipe via


Pesto Pasta with Ground Turkey and Kale

  • Author: Aggie Goodman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Skillet
  • Cuisine: Italian

This healthy Pesto Pasta with Ground Turkey and Kale is a super easy 30 minute meal that will get your family eating their greens.


  • 1/2 lb whole wheat rotini pasta (you can use whatever shape you have)
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • big pinch coarse salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 2 large handfuls kale, chopped into small pieces
  • 3/41 cup prepared pesto
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta (use more if you like)


  1. Cook pasta according to directions.
  2. While pasta is cooking, brown turkey in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Season turkey with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Add chopped kale and continue to cook for 5-7 minutes, until soft. Add 1/4 cup pasta water to turkey and kale mixture. Season with a little salt and pepper. Turn off heat when kale is soft.
  3. When pasta is ready, use a large slotted spoon to transfer cooked pasta to turkey and kale mixture in skillet (or drain pasta in sink and add drained pasta). Add pesto to pasta, turkey and kale and toss until combined. Add feta and gently toss. Serve with tomato wedges and kalamata olives.


I used my favorite Calphalon Unison Everyday Skillet for this recipe.


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3 comments on “Pesto Pasta with Ground Turkey and Kale”

  1. I have made this recipe twice already, it’s great. I made it once with penne and once with rotini – I liked the penne better since it held up against the strong flavor of the pesto. I like that you can always change the ratio of the ingredients for what you are looking for – more turkey for more protein, more kale for more veggies, etc.

    • Hi Katrina! Thank you…I’m so happy you enjoy this pasta! (sorry I missed this comment when you originally posted it!). I totally agree with you about easily changing the ratio for what you are looking for…and it’s easy to swap out and change up the greens too. Thanks for the note!

  2. So easy!!! So yummy!!!!