Turkey and Acini Di Pepe Skillet for #SundaySupper

This week our  #SundaySupper team steps up to the challenge of bringing budget friendly recipes to the table. Budget friendly to me also includes saving time. Like they say, “Time is money,” and nothing saves more of both than a quick casserole, soup or skillet dinner. Also if you need to feed a larger group or bring an inexpensive dish or dessert to a potluck, we got you covered too.

Thanks to our co-hosts for this week’s budget friendly event, Lane from Supper for a Steal and Pam of The Meltaways for putting together this great list of recipes and ideas.

I often make quick skillet meals with whatever I have on hand. This past summer, that included A LOT of yellow and red pear tomatoes from my garden!
I kind of threw them in everything I can get away with! If they’re slightly blemished, they were “cookers”. If they’re whole, they’re “snackers” and “cookers”. If they’re extra pretty, they’re going in a salad (or snackers or cookers) 😉
So for tonight’s #SundaySupper I chose a quick and easy skillet casserole. You can use canned tomatoes instead or whatever you have on hand.
I like to use V-8 or vegetable juice for added nutrition and a taste boost! If you never cooked with it, take a second now to slap your forehead and say, “I could have used a V-8 or other vegetable juice cocktail!” 😮
For a vegan dish, you could make this without the turkey too!

Turkey and Acini Di Pepe Skillet


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cups spinach leaves
  • 1 can (11.5 oz) V-8
  • 1 cup acini di pepe
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasonings


1. Add oil ground turkey, tomatoes, spinach and V-8 to skillet. Cook over medium heat, stirring to break up turkey for about 3 to 4 minutes.

2. Add seasoning and pasta. Stir. Cover and reduce heat to simmer about 10 minutes. Check frequently and stir to avoid sticking. Dinner is ready when pasta is al dente and turkey is thoroughly cooked.

3. Serve with salad or bread. I cut a slice off my homemade olive bread and gave it a quick, light toast and some butter! Delicious!

Servings: 4

Cooking Times
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Nutrition Facts
Nutrition (per serving): 388 calories, 117 calories from fat, 13.1g total fat, 78.3mg cholesterol, 193.1mg sodium, 710.3mg potassium, 38.5g carbohydrates, 2.8g fiber, 2.1g sugar, 29.3g protein, 2465.4IU vitamin a, 37mg vitamin c.

Check out these great budget friendly ideas our  #SundaySupper team put together that won’t break the bank!

Starters, Soups, and Salads



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29 Responses to Turkey and Acini Di Pepe Skillet for #SundaySupper

  1. Casserole in a skillet which sizzles with yumminess and saves money. Who can beat that? Love the idea of using V-8 =)

  2. Renee says:

    Nice recipe and what a beautiful basket of tomatoes. I can’t wait for tomato season to arrive. I especially love those little yellow pear tomatoes too.

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  6. Those tomatoes are gorgeous! I can’t wait until mine start to ripen. Love this recipe, minimal ingredients and big taste. Perfect!
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  7. Gorgeous! (and I’m making that olive bread today!)
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  8. What a great dish! It looks so hearty and delicious!
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  9. I often turn to skillet meals where I empty my pantry and fridge…this one sounds like one I’d make even when I wasn’t in a pinch. Delicious!
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  11. I love skillet meals and I love acini de pepe… YUM

  12. Bea says:

    Sounds and looks delicious! Thank you for sharing!
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  14. Diana @GourmetDrizzles says:

    What a great recipe! Love using ground turkey, and it all mixed with the spinach and pasta… yum!

  15. Liz says:

    What a delicious, quick meal! And a budget recipe to boot! Well done!
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  17. A ground turkey recipe is a sure way to save some money!! Great idea! This looks yummy! :)

  18. I love this dish, such great flavours and healthy. But what I really love are those pear tomatoes. I am going to see if I can find some seeds at the garden centre.
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  19. Stacy says:

    I love a one-pot meal! Especially one as tasty and flavorful as this. What beautiful little tomatoes you grow, Cindy. I would use them in everything too!
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  20. Sarah says:

    That is such a PERFECT pantry meal!
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  21. I love all the beautiful, healthy color in this dish.
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  22. I love colorful dishes like this and it’s even better that it’s budget friendly!
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