Turkey, Pesto & Broccoli Pasta


This easy pasta recipe is a weeknight dinner lifesaver. While shelf-stable pesto will work here, we prefer the fresh flavor and more vibrant color of refrigerated pesto. Look for it in the refrigerated section of your supermarket, near the fresh pasta and marinara sauce.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
8 cups


  • 6 ounces whole-wheat fusilli pasta

  • 3 cups small broccoli florets (6 1/2 oz.)

  • 2 cups shredded cooked turkey or chicken (8 oz.)

  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved

  • ¾ cup prepared pesto

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • teaspoon salt

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper (Optional)


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta; cook for 3 minutes less than package directions. Add broccoli and continue cooking until the pasta is tender and the broccoli is tender-crisp, about 3 minutes more. Drain and return the pasta and broccoli to the pot.

  2. Stir in turkey (or chicken), tomatoes, pesto, lemon juice, and salt. Divide among 4 plates and top each serving with Parmesan and pepper, if using.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

418 Calories
18g Fat
37g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 2 cups
Calories 418
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 30g 60%
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 96mg 32%
Vitamin A 2791IU 56%
Vitamin C 91mg 101%
Folate 74mcg 18%
Sodium 655mg 28%
Calcium 144mg 11%
Iron 3mg 19%
Magnesium 95mg 23%
Potassium 897mg 19%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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