Chef Dad's Turkey Italiano
1-2 lbs cooked turkey meat (cut into 1-inch cubes)
1 lb Italian sausage links
1 red bell pepper (seeds and stems removed, and diced into large pieces)
1 green bell pepper (seeds and stems removed, and diced into large pieces)
1 lb pasta (your preference of spaghetti, penne, bow tie, etc.)
1 24-oz jar of marinara sauce
2 tbsp butter or olive oil
Salt & pepper
½ tsp crushed red pepper (optional)
Parmesan cheese (grated)
1. Preheat your oven or toaster oven to 350 degrees then bake your sausage for 30 minutes. Remove sausage from oven, let sit for 10 minutes, and then slice into several pieces. Set aside.
2) Bring your salted water up to a boil over high heat, but don't add your pasta until you're ready to begin step three. This way, your pasta will be ready about the same time as your turkey and sausage mixture.
3) In a large frying pan over medium heat, melt your butter or add the olive oil then sauté the bell peppers with crushed red pepper and a few pinches of salt and pepper for three minutes. Add the sliced sausage, diced turkey and marinara sauce. Reduce heat to medium low then cook together for about five minutes. Turn off heat and cover until pasta is done.
4) Put the cooked, drained pasta on a large serving platter then pour the sauce/meat combo over the top. Top with desired amount of parmesan cheese.
Serves: four to six people
Chef's Note: The amount of leftover turkey doesn't matter. One to two pounds is only an estimate.