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Use What's in the Fridge 07.17.2000 | by Steve Loh
Linguini with Turkey-Spinach Marinara  

Letís see, whatís in the fridge today:
ē Frozen ground turkey (99Ę for a 1 lb. chub, the cheap kind. Very handy)
ē 1/2 an onion
ē a box of red wine (it was on sale)
ē an opened jar of spaghetti sauce
ē a bag of frozen spinach 

I also have an old jar of pickles, but thatíll have to wait for another day. Itís time for a linguini dish (I actually donít have enough linguini so Iím combining it with fusilli -- not recommended due to differences in cooking time, but Iím hungry).


3/4 lb ground turkey
(you can cook up the whole lb, use the rest for something else)
1/2 large onion (or 1 small/med),
2 cloves Garlic,
2 Tbsp Olive oil
1 Tbsp Butter
1/3 Cup Red Wine
1 tsp Oregano
(also Basil, if you want)
3/4 jar Spaghetti sauce
(any kind of jar stuff)
Spinach - 1 cup (packed) of frozen or 1 bunch fresh
(if in a frozen bag, no need to defrost)
Parmesan Cheese
(yes, I admit to using the tall green can)

serves 3-4

1. Boil a large pot of water for the pasta. When it finally boils, add 2 tsp salt to it, then cook the pasta. BUT, while waiting for it to boil:
2. Large frypan or pot on high heat. Cook turkey (dash of salt/pepper) until done, remove and drain. Wipe pan. 
3. High heat again. Put the 2 Tbsp of olive oil and 1 tsp butter in pan. Saute the onion, garlic, a little salt, pepper, and the oregano. Add basil if you want. Saute 1-2 min.
4. Add the red wine. Cook for 46 sec. (give or take)
5. Add the spinach and about 1/2-3/4 jar of spaghetti sauce. Eyeball it, however much you got. Add the turkey back in. Cook until the spinach is cooked, about 3-5 min (depending if frozen). Whenever it looks dry or too thick, add a scoop of the cooking water (from pasta pot) with a ladle or serving spoon. Salt and pepper more to taste. Add the Parmesan cheese (4-5 shakes).
6. Eat.


Steve Loh has written for various publications and lives in Los Angeles. He enjoys movies, talking, bubblewrap-popping, and improving the state of the union. If you pour sauce on it, heíll eat it. He can be reached at steveloh@yahoo.com.

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