pasta dinner with ground turkey, vegetables and cheese

Cheesy Ground Turkey Skillet

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Cheesy Ground Turkey Skillet is a family favorite! Loaded with protein and veggies, in a creamy, cheesy sauce that makes it feel like a comfort food dinner!



  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups diced bell peppers, any color (about 2 medium sized bell peppers)
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • Fresh black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 15 ounce can diced petite tomatoes with juice
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 8 ounces rotini pasta
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley


  1. Cook the pasta 2 minutes shy of the cooking time on the box (you want the pasta to still have a bite to it since it will cook a little longer in the skillet); drain and set aside.
  2. Add the oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and bell peppers and cook while stirring for 7-8 minutes. Add the garlic, stir again, and cook 1 minute longer.
  3. Push the vegetables to the side of the skillet and spray the other side of the skillet with cooking spray or add a touch more oil. Add the ground turkey along with the salt and Italian seasoning and pepper. Cook while breaking up with a spoon until the meat is cooked through and crumbled.
  4. Sprinkle the flour into the skillet and stir until the flour is combined. Pour in the diced tomatoes (with juice), along with the half and half. Use a spoon or a spatula to scrape up the bottom of the skillet and then bring the sauce to a simmer. Stir in the cheddar and parmesan cheese until it’s melted into the sauce.
  5. Add the cooked pasta and chopped parsley into the skillet and stir to combine. Taste for seasonings and adjust if needed.

Recipe Notes

Store: Store leftovers in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheat: Reheat leftovers in the microwave or on the stove top. If the pasta is dry you can add a splash of chicken broth or half and half.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American