Friday, July 2, 2010

Cooking Adventures.

Annie's Eats and The Pioneer Woman Cooks are two of my favorite cooking blogs.  I check them both daily.  This week, I made Annie's Creamy Taco Mac, and it was delicious!  I think it could use some cayenne pepper or some red pepper flakes to spice it up a bit, but it's good as is if you don't want it spicy.  I used whole wheat pasta and couldn't tell the difference from regular pasta.

Creamy Taco Mac 
(adapted from and photo courtesy of Annie's Eats)

1 lb ground turkey
8oz whole wheat pasta
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (14.5oz) can diced tomatoes (I used the kind with basil and oregano and did not drain them)
One package of taco seasoning
3 oz. cream cheese (I used reduced fat, and it worked fine)
1/2 cup sour cream (again, the reduced fat was fine)
Salt and pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of water to boil.  Cook pasta according to the package instructions.  Drain and reserve ½ cup of pasta water.  Set aside.

While pasta is boiling, cook the ground turkey over medium-high heat in a large skillet or sauté pan until no longer pink.  A few minutes before the turkey is cooked through, add the chopped onion to the skillet.  Once the turkey is cooked through, add in the garlic.  Then, mix in the diced tomatoes and taco seasoning and let simmer over medium heat for about 5 minutes.  Stir in the cooked pasta, cream cheese, sour cream and reserved pasta water, and continue stirring until the cream cheese is melted and the sauce is well blended.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Simmer over medium-low heat 5 minutes to reduce the sauce a bit.  Remove from the heat and top with shredded cheddar cheese, if desired.

Also, since it's 4th of July this weekend, I plan on making these berry desserts:

Summer Berry Pie from Annie's Eats

Individual Raspberry Cobblers (I plan to use blackberries) 

I can't wait!  Hope you all have a GREAT 4th of July!! 


  1. Oh my! All of the food looks soooo good!

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