Cheesy Farfalle with Turkey and Peas

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Cheesy Farfalle with Turkey and Peas is a comforting and easy dinner recipe. The meal goes a long way and is a hit with kids too.



Cheesy Farfalle with Turkey and Peas

A fun and comforting dish, Em loves this cheesy farfalle.  Of course at her age, some days she only eats the peas, and some days she devours it all.  I am always excited to make this dish.  The recipe goes a long way, so it’s enough for a couple of meals.

cheesy farfalle with turkey and peas plated

Cheesy Farfalle with Turkey and Peas

Donna Elick
Cheesy Farfalle with Turkey and Peas is a comforting and easy dinner recipe. The meal goes a long way and is a hit with kids too.
5 stars from 1 review
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Method Stovetop
Servings 1 pound


  • 1 pound Farfalle
  • kosher salt, small handful (to season the pasta water)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound 93% lean ground turkey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 1/2 small onion, small chopped or grated
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounce Italian cheese blend cheese, shredded
  • 12 ounce bag frozen peas
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh grated Parmesan cheese, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped


  • In a medium frying pan, over medium-high heat, add olive oil, garlic and onions. Cook until onions are translucent, add turkey and 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning. Sear turkey on one side and break up with wooden spoon. Add remaining tablespoon of Italian seasoning and cook until done. Remove from pan and place in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 6 to 8 minutes.
  • While the pasta is cooking, in a large sauce pan melt butter.
  • Add flour and whisk until the raw flour flavor dissolves, about 2 minutes.
  • Add 2 cups of milk, nutmeg, salt and pepper, whisk until mixture starts thickening. Add cheese, stir with a spoon until dissolved. Add parsley. Mix well until combined.
  • Place a sieve over a heat safe bowl, filled with frozen peas. Drain pasta into sieve (slightly cooking the peas).
  • Return pasta to pot. Pour cheese over pasta. Add turkey and peas. Stir and add reserved pasta water 1/4 cup at a time, until it has a perfect creamy consistency.
  • Sprinkle with fresh grated Parmesan cheese and salt and pepper to taste, if necessary. Serve immediately.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 4363cal | Carbohydrates: 457g | Protein: 241g | Fat: 179g | Saturated Fat: 61g | Cholesterol: 560mg | Sodium: 1572mg | Sugar: 58g | Fiber: 41g | Calcium: 1545mg | Iron: 22mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally Published July 20, 2011

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  1. This looks great. I've never put a ground meat in a creamy pasta dish before. I think I need to try it. Love the green veg contrast here. Yep, I'm liking the whole thing. Very nice!

  2. I am going to need not to clink on your blog if I have not eaten yet!! This looks DELICIOUS! I always substitute beef for turkey! Yummy yummy yummy

  3. Nice! Cool use of the minced meat too…usually I stick with meat and maranara sauce. I like to mix things up though!

  4. Now this looks yummy! Baby Kitty and the rest of the staff can't wait to see your fur baby at our birthday party! 🙂 See you Friday!…hugs…Debbie

  5. 5 stars
    This is so yummy, I love the combination of peas in a cheesy pasta, especially with the ground turkey! This is such an easy and delicious comfort dish, I may have to make this a weekly dinner in my house.

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