Turkey, Leek and Spinach Spaghetti; more blue

I was at my monthly book club meeting today. (Don’t ask about the book….)

We were discussing food. Sometimes, it seems like every group of people I find myself in ends up discussing food. Perhaps I’m the common element in it all….

I digress.

It started with coffee – and whether or not anyone wanted milk. The woman sitting next to me said she had recently given up dairy. I (who will never give up cheese) asked if she was concerned about not getting adequate calcium.

The conversation meandered, as conversations do (we were avoiding the book) and ended up with most of the group saying that they were developing the habit of adding spinach to everything they cooked that could reasonably have spinach in it. Obviously not a roast chicken but any pasta or rice dish. It’s a great source of calcium and natural is always better than supplements.

I like that idea. I try to have spinach at least once each week, but I think I’m going to start seeing how many dishes I can add it to,

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Turkey, Leek and Spinach Spaghetti

This is an easy, hearty pasta dish. The sauce is made while the pasta cooks.

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta

Ingredients

Scale
  • 10oz (300gr) turkey, sliced into bite-size pieces
  • 2 medium leeks – about 1 1/2″ diameter (3.5cm) each, cleaned and sliced, using light green
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8oz (240gr) frozen spinach or fresh 
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • 4 tbs tomato paste 
  • 13 tbs water
  • 5oz (150 gr) creamy goat cheese
  • 4oz (120gr) dry spaghetti 

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package instructions. 
  • Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. 
  • Add leeks and sauté for 5 minutes. 
  • Add garlic, turkey, paprika, and sauté for 5 minutes longer. 
  • Add tomato paste, spinach, marjoram, and 1 tbs water, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. 
  • Mind the spinach so that it thaws. If sauce starts to dry out add more water. 
  • Add goat cheese and stir until it melts. 
  • Add drained spaghetti, toss well and serve.

Notes

Substitute chicken if you like, or leave it out and add mushrooms.
I only use 1 tbs of water – just to thin it slightly.

Keywords: turkey, pasta, spaghetti, goat cheese, spinach

Turkey, Leek and Spinach Spaghetti

Time for more blue from Chefchaouen….

This is a shop selling soaps. I love the way they displayed them.

One of the things we saw often, both in Rome and Morocco, were people taking photos of each other. Not the usual memory snap, but the posed photo for Instagram…. Hair fluffed just so, heat tilted, dress arranged, smile at the correct angle, etc. The posing and rearranging went on for (what seemed like) days.

On this particular staircase there was a line of young women, and a few young men, waiting for their turn to sit and stand and prance on the stairs.

I didn’t realize there was a line and simply walked up to this wall to take my photo. I waited until the woman left (I thought she was just walking down the stairs – I didn’t realize it was an Instagram shoot.)

Everyone in the line started yelling at me: to wait my turn and they had been waiting half an hour and get to the back of the line and so on….

I took my photo and walked away before they finished – or even realized that I had done it.

All those prettily dressed young people certainly knew a lot of very bad language…..

I loved this guy discreetly having an after-lunch siesta in front of his shop.

I think this might have been the entrance to a riad…. or maybe someone’s house.

There was more interesting streets to walk down…

Shops with local handcrafts to buy…..

We still like shopping.

Turkey Spinach Pasta

Comments 4

  1. Luckily the Instagrammers have not become obsessed with the Loire Valley. I occasionally see young women dressed in flouncy floor length dresses, accompanied by their boyfriend with tripod in hand, at Chenonceau, but not very often.

  2. I usually add spinach to our nightly salads. I also toss it in a lot of the soups I make.

    I think those young people are very sad. They’ll never know the value of a great photo. I have a picture of my inlaws that was taken at some function they went to. There was a person taking photos of the attendees and approached my inlaws. My father in law grabbed my mother in law and twirled her toward the camera just as the photographer clicked the shutter. It’s the very best picture of them ever taken and near and dear to me. I don’t like instagram. No spontaneity.

    • It’s the sneaky photos that are the best. Even if someone tells you the second before they hit the button, But when they dress for it and pose for it – Too much vanity for me. And so fake.

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