Monday, September 22, 2014

Turkey cheeseburger pasta

I can't believe it's fall already. Actually, I totally can, I have been seeing color of leaves changing since around labor day. But with fall country fair and pumpkins everywhere, I can now really feel it. As we started to see neighbors putting out some orange here and some brown there, we felt a little pressure. It's time! Usually I am pretty well prepared for decorating according to different seasons but summer went by so quickly, we still had seashells around the house till beginning of September. We hit some hardware stores and a local nursery and spent a little more time than we expected. Already time for lunch. Gosh, why does time go twice faster on weekends??
Because of my tot's nap, lunch should be served no later than noon. I know it's kind of lame but I eat my lunch at 11:30-12 every day. My body got so used to it, if I don't eat around then, I feel the extreme hunger! And on weekends, Steve joins the lame meal schedule. If we don't have any guests that is. Skillet pasta is always a great option. Within 20 minutes, you get this flavor packed pot of meal. I love that pasta absorbs all the flavors as it's cooked with everything. 
We attempted to start no red meat challenge a little while ago and that's when we started to really like ground turkey. Well..the challenge is over now. Steve's doctor basically told him it's the carbs that people need to watch more, not the red meat. Thank god, we don't have to give up on our big fat juicy steaks! The challenge did make us use more turkey meat though which is a good thing. And we were so glad to realize that we like non-thanksgiving turkey too. 


Turkey cheeseburger pasta

Ingredients :

1 lb ground turkey 
1/2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 can(14.5oz) stewed whole tomatoes
4 Tbsp tomato paste
2 cups chicken broth
2 Tbsp ketchup
2 tsp mustard
1/2 lbs rotini pasta
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup shredded cheddar or American cheese
2 scallions, chopped

Directions :

1. Heat olive oil in a deep skillet and saute diced onion. Add ground turkey and cook until browned while crumbling the ground turkey. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

2. Add the whole contents of stewed tomatoes and roughly break it up. Add pasta, ketchup, mustard, tomato paste and chicken broth. Bring it to boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 13-16 minutes.

3. Turn the heat off, add cheese on top and cover for 2 minutes or so or until cheese is just melted. Sprinkle chopped scallions and serve immediately.

*Recipe adapted from damndelicious.

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