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30 Minute Creamy Tortellini Pasta With Ground Turkey

  • Author: Laney Schwartz
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian


This easy recipe for Creamy Tortellini Pasta with Ground Turkey combines cheese tortellini, savory ground turkey, and a creamy sauce made with marinara and Greek yogurt for a high-protein, satisfying meal that’s ready in a snap. Get ready to enjoy a hearty dinner with little effort!


  • 1 (10-12 oz) package of cheese tortellini 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 (24 oz) jar marinara sauce (I use Rao’s)
  • ¼ cup plain full fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 large handfuls fresh spinach
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add 2 tablespoons of salt and add the tortellini. Cook according to the package. 
  2. Meanwhile, preheat a separate large skillet over medium/high heat. Add the oil and onion. Saute for 1-2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. 
  3. Add the ground turkey, salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika. Break up the meat while cooking for 5-6 minutes until meat is cooked through. 
  4. Add the marinara sauce and yogurt and stir to combine. Add the spinach, drained and cooked tortellini and juice from ½ lemon. Toss until spinach has wilted. 
  5. Turn off heat and stir in parmesan cheese. Serve immediately with extra parmesan if desired.

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