Friday, September 17, 2010

Creamy Taco Mac

“This looks like Hamburger Helper!”
(My DB takes 1 bite.)
“… But this tastes SO much better!”

This definitely tastes much better, is healthier for you, and still just as quick to make- just a few additional steps are needed. While the multi-grain pasta is cooking, you can cook the turkey meat with the taco seasoning, throw in some chopped onions and fresh garlic, and then add some sour cream and cream cheese at the end to obtain its creamy texture. This makes enough for 4 servings (or in our case, a dinner and lunch the following day). We like food on the spicier side, so we added the cayenne pepper until our desired tastes. Quick, simple, and tasty!

Creamy Taco Mac
8 oz. dry pasta shapes (I like the rotini pasta since the sauce can get into the “twirls)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1-1/4 lbs. ground turkey (preferably 93% lean)
1 small onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
14-oz can diced tomatoes, drained (I used fire-roasted- loved the smokiness flavor)
4 Tbsp taco seasoning (My go-to is Lawry’s taco seasoning packet)
3 oz cream cheese, cubed
½ cup sour cream (fat-free works fine here)
Garlic salt and cayenne pepper
Shredded sharp cheddar cheese (optional)
Cilantro (optional)

1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook pasta according to the package directions. Drain, reserving ½ cup of pasta water. Set aside.
2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet or sauté pan, add the olive oil. Once heated, add the tutkey and cook over medium-high heat until no longer pink.
3. A few minutes before the turkey is cooked through, add the chopped onion to the skillet.
4. Once the turkey is cooked through, mix in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
5. Mix in the diced tomatoes and taco seasoning, and let simmer over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
6. Stir in the cooked pasta, cream cheese, sour cream and reserved pasta water (I forgot to reserve pasta water, so used beef stock), and continue stirring until the cream cheese is melted and the sauce is well blended.
7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
8. Simmer over medium-low heat 3-5 minutes to reduce the sauce a bit.
9. Remove from the heat and top with shredded cheddar cheese and cilantro, if desired.

Source: Originall from Delish, Adapted from Annie’s Eats


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