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Cajun Turkey Pasta

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes • Serves: 6

1/2 (16-ounce) package penne pasta
6 slices smoked bacon, chopped
1/2 cup diced yellow onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1-1/2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 cups chopped leftover or cooked turkey
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
Chopped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley for garnish (optional)
Shaved Parmesan cheese for garnish (optional)

1.Heat large saucepot of salted water to boiling over high heat. Add pasta and cook as label directs; drain and return to saucepot.

2.In large nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium heat 7 minutes or until crisp, stirring occasionally; with slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towel-lined plate. Remove and discard all but 2 tablespoons drippings in skillet. Add onion; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic, bell pepper and Cajun seasoning; cook 2 minutes.

3.Increase heat to medium-high; stir in tomatoes with their juice and heat to a simmer. Stir in cream and cook 5 minutes or until sauce thickens; stir in grated cheese and turkey.

4.Add salt, pepper, zest, bacon and turkey mixture to pasta; toss well to combine. Serve topped with parsley and shaved cheese, if desired.

Approximate nutritional values per serving:
452 Calories, 20g Fat (11g Saturated), 117mg Cholesterol,
699mg Sodium, 35g Carbohydrates, 3g Fiber, 30g Protein

Helpful Tip:
> For spicier pasta, add more Cajun seasoning.