Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Turkey Mac & Double Cheddar

Do you ever have something in mind planned for dinner and then when you go to make it, find you don't have a key ingredient?  That's what happened to me this evening.  I'd planned on making the low-carb Mexican casserole for my family for dinner.  At 4pm, which is normally when I go down to make dinner, I found I had no taco seasoning. 

Now of course, I could have scanned the Internet for a solution, but nahhhh, I sat and sulked on twitter for a few minutes.  Then I went back downstairs to figure out what else I could make. 

I had a jar of Ragu Double Cheddar cheese sauce that I'd had forever.  I looked at the back and found a recipe that sounded pretty good - at least, I figured, the kids would probably like it.  The problem was, I had ground turkey already defrosted, and no time to defrost hamburger, so I was going to have to substitute the turkey for the burger it called for.  Eh, who cares, really - I was going to have a salad with some leftover chicken in it from last night's dinner (heh).  What I wound up making, with some of my own tweaks, came out SO GOOD, I didn't have my salad, I had what I'd made for them! LOL

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 lb (or more) ground turkey (7%) - browned and drained
  • 3-1/2 cups water (I wound up using closer to 4 cups)
  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 jar Ragu® Cheesey Double Cheddar Sauce
  • 1/2 - 1 cup sweet peas
  • 2-3 tsp (or Tbls)


Brown the ground turkey in a skillet.  Drain the grease (I know - there isn't alot) and set turkey aside.  In same pan, bring the water to a boil.  Add pasta and cook for 6 minutes or until tender.  (Mine took closer to 10 minutes and I had to add water to it.)  Do not drain pasta.  Return ground turkey to the pan, add in sauce.  This is when I also threw in the sweet peas.  Blend it all up and heat through.  
When I'd dished it up, I spotted the McCormick Smoky Sweet Pepper Seasoning.  I sprinkled it over the pasta & turkey and let it sit for a few minutes or so, to help it dissolve/blend.   Oh MAN did that make a difference!   It really was awesome. 



Elizabeth said...

Dawn, that looks SO GOOD! I'm putting it on my menu for this week!

Anonymous said...

Wow, that looks really good - my picky 2 and 4 year olds might even eat it! I just found your site & I think I'll be back... thanks!

Original GRITS said...

That actually does look good...and my picky husband would probably eat it and he doesn't eat much of anything that isn't meat and taters. *ugh* lol

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maggie said...

it looks really appetizing, wanna throw some my way ;)