Bow Ties with Turkey, Pesto and Roasted Red Peppers

Day 70: “Betty Crocker 4 Ingredient Dinners

March 11, 2011

Looking for a fast meal that can be ready in minutes? This is one that can be thrown together quickly and without much skill.  You need a meal that a child can put together….all the skill they need is to boil water and chop a few things!

Not only are there only 4 ingredients in each recipe, but they are also fast to prepare.  Families are looking for short cuts to get those meals to the table faster. Simple recipes, nice pictures plus some bonus tips. Cookbooks need to bring their “A” game these days and some are filled with complex dishes while others are filled with easy meals but no pictures.  With this cookbook you get the best of both worlds, easy meals with pictures.

The Ruling: We used leftover rotissere chicken in ours but I think deli turkey would work just as well.  We did not have the 1/2 cup of basil pesto and only used 2 tablespoons.  I think that it needed all the pesto for the flavor.  We kept some plain noodles for the fussy eaters in the family.  Jar of roasted red peppers are a standby in my fridge but I think you could even put in a fresh red pepper for some added crunch.  Serve it cold and you have a pasta salad.  Serve it without the meat and you have an easy vegetarian meal.

Bow-Ties with Turkey, Pesto and Roasted Red Peppers, page 48


  • 3 cups uncooked farfalle (bow-tie) pasta (6 ounces)
  • 2 cups cubed cooked turkey breast or chicken
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped roasted red bell peppers (from 7-ounce jar)


  1. Cook pasta in 3 quart saucepan as directed on packages, drain. Return pasta to saucepan.
  2. Add turkey, pesto and bell peppers to pasta. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until hot.

To Joyful, Simplified Living,

MS. Simplicity

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Filed under Fast Meals, Main Dishes, Pasta, Salads, Vegetarian

2 responses to “Bow Ties with Turkey, Pesto and Roasted Red Peppers

  1. Pingback: Week In Review: March 11, 2011 | 365clevercookbooks

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