Good morning everyone, Happy Friday!
What does everyone have planned for the weekend? All the Canadians had a long weekend last weekend and now its the American’s turn to have their long weekend. I hope everyone has a fun and safe time!
A few months back, Mr. Delish and I went to this delicious Italian Restaurant in Vancouver called Quattro. They have another location as well named Q4. Chris is not big on going to Italian restaurants because his family is Italian and I guess he is always judging the restaurants food against the food his family makes and it usually doesn’t measure up. In this case though, the food ended up being great.
For our pasta course, we ordered their specialty which is called Spaghetti Quattro. It seemed simple, spaghetti in a light tomato sauce with ground chicken, black beans, garlic, parsley and red pepper flakes.I thought, okay so whats the big deal? When I tried it I knew, it was the perfect mix of simple flavors, and I was determined to recreate it at home.
Turns out I didn’t really have to work all that hard because they posted their recipe online. Duh! I tried it the way they make it and it was great but I decided to make a few changes to it to suit my tastes and I liked it even more.
This is now on the permanent dinner rotation. I love that it is simple and quick to make, but also fairly healthy.
Serves 4 as a main course
(lightly modified from Quattro’s Recipe)
1 lb spaghetti
1 lb ground turkey
3/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup chopped parsley
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tbsp red pepper flakes
1 (16 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1 tbsp kosher salt
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Cook the spaghetti to al dente in salted boiling water as per the package directions.
While the pasta is cooking. Brown the ground turkey in a large non stick pan over medium high heat, making sure to break the turkey meat into small pieces with a wooden spoon as you go. Once the turkey is cooked, remove to a plate and set aside for a minute.
Add the olive oil to the pan and allow to get hot (but not smoking) add the parsley and cook for about 30 seconds to a minute, until crispy but not browned. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for another 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add in the cooked turkey meat, black beans, tomato sauce and salt. Stir and cook for about 2 mins.
Toss the cooked pasta with the sauce and serve. Top each plate with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.