Monday, September 26, 2011

Tasty Tuesday. Dinner for the Unprepared.

So I'm at it again.  Completely unprepared to make dinner for the boys this Sunday.  This time, it was after flying in from a weekend in Rhode Island.  As usual nothing is defrosted (not my fault this time, I wasn't even home) and I was totally uninspired.  All we had in our meat freezer was pork steaks, chicken breast, and ground turkey. 

I went with the ground turkey and made my own version of hamburger helper (minus the helper part).

What you'll need:

 2 cups rotini pasta (or elbows, choose your  pleasure)
1 cup ground turkey
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup milk
1/2  tbsp butter
3-4 slices American cheese (not the best cheese but it melts great)
2 ounces fresh grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup finely chopped broccoli

Get your water boiling for your pasta.  I use add a few shakes of salt in the water.  Once the water starts boiling add the pasta and stir occasionally so the pasta won't stick together.  Pasta will usually cook in 12 minutes.  Strain and set aside.

In a deep sauce pan heat butter.  Once the butter is heated, toss in the turkey.  Salt and pepper to taste.   When the turkey is cooked through, add milk and cheese.  Stir until the cheese is all melted and blended in.  Add in a pinch (literally) of oregano, garlic powder, and broccoli.  Turn fire down low and let the mixture boil down and thicken.

Once the sauce is thickened, add pasta, and mix in with sauce until all pasta is covered. 

Now it's ready to serve.

The boys ate this up, and thank goodness because after a long weekend I had no plan B.

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