Multicolor pasta (the secret is in the sauce)

Short post: I hope I can make it to this week’s Presto Pasta Nights. If not, at least I will have my entry for next week’s roundup ready :p Anyway. I was going through my fridge and pantry the other night and I realized I had some leftovers that needed to be used, a zucchini, a couple of tomatillos and some tomatoes. So I decided to use them all in a pasta dish. Don’t you love the versatility of pasta?

I cooked a box of multicolor pasta (I really don’t remember where it came from) al dente and prepared a sauce. I sauteed 1/2 onion and 2 garlic cloves in 2 TBSP of olive oil. I added 1 lb ground turkey and cook until it started to brown. I then added about .75 lb tomatillos, 2 medium size tomatoes, 1 zucchini (all chopped), 1 chipotle adobado pepper, 1 tsp oregano, salt and pepper and cooked for 15 minutes over medium heat. I finally served the sauce on top of the pasta.

It was a very easy to make, frugal and delicious dinner (the secret is in the sauce). That’s why this “recipe” is also my entry for Frugal Fridays. I used leftovers so I really don’t have any idea on how much I spent on this dinner, but I am sure it wasn’t that much. The most expensive ingredient was probably the ground turkey at about US $2.00 and this dinner definitely would feed a family of 4. As a matter of fact. I still have some leftoverst taht I am going to eat for lunch today.

¬°Buen proveho!


  • I agree about the versatility of pasta…and you have def proven it here with your recipe Ben! It looks so easy.

  • I love the ease of throwing almost anything together with pasta. It’s also true of rice, but C isn’t a big rice fan, so pasta is often the default choice.

  • Ben, I do love pasta. It’s a perfect foil for any kind of leftovers. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

  • What a marvel you have created out of leftovers. Yes, I agree, the versatility of pasta is never ending and fabulous. Have a great weekend!

  • Sauces like this are good because it’s a change from Italian-style. Also, some of the best creations come from using up ingredients you wouldn’t otherwise think to use.

  • That sounds delicious Ben! I love the versatility of pasta – we have been eating a lot of it over the past few days – comfort food to get through the storm….I would love a bowl of yours right now! :)

  • That’s one cheap, great dinner right there. How do they make multicolor pasta? I actually don’t remember it tasting different than it’s one color counterpart…. however it’s been awhile.

    I’ve never had tomatillo’s before, but I found tomatillo salsa on sale at Target. I’m giving it a shot.

    Dude, your comment on FFF was hilarious. Man or woman… they all check out butts :)

  • Simple, easy, quick, delicious and cheap. What else do we want?

  • Ivy took the words right out of my mouth! Looks like a perfect quick n’ healthy meal.

  • Ditto to Ivy plus a pasta dish never looked brighter. Yum!

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