Main Dishes Salsas and Sauces — By Ben on 22 August 2008
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!

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(25) Readers Comments

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

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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! :)

  7. 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 :)

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

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

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

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