Taco Pasta Toss

by Heather on April 29, 2010

I was reading the Rachael Ray Magazine while on the elliptical the other week and this dish caught my eye. I love to buy ground turkey breast, but sometimes I struggle to come up with new meals in which to use it. This looked easy, I had all the ingredients and it was a fun spin on traditional tacos.  Although a lot of people aren’t fond of Rachael, I think she does a nice job helping people get in the kitchen and make things from scratch. The seasoning in this was much tastier than store-bought taco seasoning! All her dishes I’ve tried, which, granted, haven’t been all that many, have turned out great and are creative enough for me. I also like that she gives suggestions for meat substitutions and occasional shortcuts.

Since I had to return the magazine to the library before I got around to making it, I searched the Rachael Ray website to see if it would be listed anywhere. Lucky me- she even had a short tutorial segment on it from her show! This is a wonderful alternative to tacos, and you can still add whatever condiments you prefer. Although I didn’t have any, tomatoes and lettuce would be perfect on top of this, too.

Taco Pasta Toss, adapted from Rachael Ray Magazine (March 2010)

salt and pepper

1 pound penne pasta

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1.25 pounds ground turkey breast

1 onion, chopped and divided

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 tablespoons chili powder

1 tablespoon ground coriander

1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin

1/4 cup tomato paste

1 1/2 cups chicken broth

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

sliced avocado

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and return to the pot.

While the pasta is working, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the turkey and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Add three-quarters of the onion, the garlic, chili powder, coriander and cumin; season with salt and pepper. Cook until the onion is softened, 6-7 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, cook for 1 minute then stir in the chicken broth.

Add the sauce to the pasta and toss. Spoon into a serving dish, top with the cheese and tent with foil to melt the cheese, about 1 minute. Top with the remaining onion, avocado or any other condiments you like!

Makes 4 servings

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Chef Dennis April 30, 2010 at 5:44 pm

sounds like a really tasty meal! I like using ground turkey instead of beef…..I gave up beef many years ago so turkey or ground chicken are staples for me…
thanks for sharing

Kevin (Closet Cooking) May 1, 2010 at 10:21 am

Taco pasta is always good! I like to throw all of the standard taco toppings on including salsa, diced tomatoes and lettuce.

disneypal May 3, 2010 at 2:25 am

I like Rachael Ray – not sure why some people give her a hard time but I think she uses good ingredients and makes pretty normal healthy everyday meals.

This sounds really good, I will have to give it a try.

Andrea the Kitchen Witch June 4, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Hi I found your blog on foodieblogroll.com and I’m glad I did :) Nicely done! This pasta toss sounds really good, something my whole family would enjoy. I agree, Rachael gets a bad rap but her food is pretty darn tasty, and she’s getting people to cook, which is awesome. great post!

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