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Perky Turkey with Basil and Pasta Recipe

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This recipe for Perky Turkey with Basil and Pasta, by , is from Cooking While Drinking Wine , one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Nia Bradberry
Added: Thursday, March 15, 2007


- 1 Ĺ lb of ground Turkey Preferably dark meat for a more meaty flavor (or ground chicken or ground pork)
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil or peanut oil
- 1lb of rice noodles (whatever kinds you like) or angel hair pasta
- 1 bunch of fresh Thai basil (if you can find them) or regular basil
- Half of a red onion diced small
- 1 bell pepper (yellow or orange) diced
- 1 Jalepenos pepper dices (take out the seeds if you want it less spicy)
- 2 large garlic cloves diced fine
- 1 cup of snow peas or green beans
- Salt and Pepper
- A handful of chopped cilantro

- 1 teaspoon (or more if you like spicy) of Chili garlic sauce or itís some times called Sambal Olek
- A quarter cup of chicken stock
- 1 tablespoon of Ponzu citrus seasoning soy sauce (made by Kikoman) If you cannot find this sauce, you can substitute with 1 tablespoon of low sodium soy sauce and a table spoon of lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of fish sauce (if you cannot find this sauce, you can substitute with a teaspoon of anchovy paste)
- 1 teaspoon of brown sugar

- Combine all of the ingredients for the sauce and put aside
- Cook the pasta as instructed on the package. Be sure itís al dante. Donít over cook your pasta
- In a large hot skillet or dutch oven, brown the meat with the chopped garlic in high heat. Lower it to medium when meat starts to brown
- Add a pinch of salt and a half a teaspoon of black pepper
- Stir in the onions, bell peppers and jalepenos
- Once the onion is translucent, then add the veggies
- Let the veggies cook for a few minutes then add the sauce. Then add the basil.
- This dish should be saucy so if itís dry, you can add a little bit more chicken stock. Taste the dish to make sure it has the right combination of saltiness and spice.
- Place the pasta in a large pasta serving bowl and toss it with the meat sauce. Top it with cilantro and dig in! ;-)

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30 minutes
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
My husband John loves the traditional Thai dish called Pad Grapow (Pad = Stir fry and Grapow = Basil) which consists of various meats cooked with Thai basil and chili. My version is a cross between the traditional recipe and some of my own unique ingredients.




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