Thursday, January 19, 2012
homemade taco seasoning? I have just the thing. This, warm, dynamic meal will leave your belly full and your taste buds happy.
From Fake Ginger
Total Time: 30 Minutes
Yield: 6 servings
1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
8-12 oz. small dry pasta shapes (penne, shells, fusilli, etc.)
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 4 oz. can diced green chilies (optional)
4 Tablespoons taco seasoning (or 1 packet)
3 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt (may also use sour cream)
Cilantro for garnish
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Set aside.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet or saute pan, cook the ground meat over medium-high heat until no longer pink. A few minutes before meat is cooked through, add the chopped onion to the skillet. Once the meat is fully cooked through, add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Mix in diced tomatoes and taco seasoning and let simmer over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
Stir in the cooked pasta, cream cheese, greek yogurt and reserved pasta water. Continue stirring until cream cheese is melted and sauce is well blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Simmer on medium-low heat for about 3-5 minutes until sauce is reduced down a bit. Serve and garnish with freshly chopped cilantro.