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Orecchiette Pasta with Turkey Piccata Sauce

Lemon and capers flavor this easy weeknight pasta made with ground turkey. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 685kcal


  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Large saucepan or stockpot
  • large saute pan or skillet


  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion medium dice
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 ½ cups chicken stock
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon dried sage
  • ¾ pound dried orecchiette pasta
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • zest of one lemon
  • 3 Tablespoons capers drained
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese


  • In a large pot, bring 8 cups of water to a boil. 
  • In a large saute pan or small dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. 
  • Add the onions and minced garlic and saute until translucent but not browned, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the ground turkey and season with salt and pepper and cook, breaking up the meat, until the turkey is no longer pink - about 7 minutes. 
  • Add the wine to the turkey and cook until the wine evaporates about 5 minutes. 
  • While the wine is cooking down, liberally salt the boiling pasta water and add the orecchiette. Cook the orecchiette until tender but still firm to the bite - about 7 - 10 minutes. 
  • Add the herbs and the chicken stock and simmer until the liquid is reduced by half, about 5 minutes.
  • Add butter and stir to melt into the sauce. Add the capers, lemon zest and parsley and stir. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Taste and adjust the seasonings. 
  • Drain the pasta and add to the turkey sauce and stir to combine. Transfer the pasta to a serving platter or individual serving bowls. Sprinkle with parmesan if desired, passing additional parmesan at the table. 


  1. When I season any dish that uses chicken stock, I very lightly salt the dish! Depending upon the stock you use, you may need a bit more or a bit less salt. 
  2. As I mentioned, this dish reheats beautifully. You can reheat it on the stove (adding a bit of water) or in the microwave! 
  3. You can also freeze this dish. If making to freeze, omit the parmesan and add it just before serving.


Calories: 685kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 554mg | Potassium: 716mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 625IU | Vitamin C: 7.8mg | Calcium: 182mg | Iron: 3mg