Turmeric-Spiced Turkey and Asparagus Pasta with a Kick

Chef Brainy
What Started it all:
Turkey, Asparagus, pasta, pressure cooker

This Indian-inspired dish is a bold and flavorful twist on traditional pasta, with the added convenience of a pressure cooker. Get ready to ignite your taste buds!


  • 1 lb boneless, skinless turkey breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 lb fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • 8 oz pasta of your choice (e.g., penne, fusilli)
  • 2 tbsp ghee or vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)


  1. Pressure Cooker Magic: Add the turkey, cumin, coriander, garam masala, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper to the pressure cooker. Cook on high for 10 minutes, then let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes.
  2. [Stirring the pot with a flourish]
  3. Add the diced tomatoes and chicken broth to the pressure cooker. Stir to combine, then close the lid and cook on high for an additional 5 minutes.
  4. [Tasting the broth with a spoon, nodding in approval]
  5. While the turkey is cooking, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water before draining.
  6. [Draining the pasta with a flourish, tossing it in the air]
  7. In a large skillet, heat the ghee or oil over medium-high heat. Add the asparagus and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and slightly caramelized, about 5-7 minutes.
  8. [Tossing the asparagus with a spatula, adding a pinch of salt]
  9. Add the cooked pasta to the skillet with the asparagus. Toss to combine, adding some reserved pasta water if needed to achieve a creamy consistency.
  10. [Tossing the pasta with a flourish, adding a sprinkle of cilantro]
  11. To serve, divide the pasta among four plates. Top with the turkey and asparagus mixture, spooning some of the flavorful broth over the top.

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