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.

Β‘Buen proveho!


  • pasta is a regular for me as you can do so many things with it. this looks yum, & Ben thanks for the reminder re multi coloured pasta πŸ˜‰

  • very apt in a time like this where all of us should learn how save … very creative… leftovers that were deliciously cooked too… πŸ™‚ thanks for sharing…

  • Pasta is versatile and adapts to so many dishes. Wonderful.

  • Delicioussssssslurphhhh! I love pasta with a kick using chile ahumado! Fast to cook, good to eat. Slurp it to the last drip… LOL

    Now I wonder if there’s any 2-tone pasta? πŸ˜€ I have this habit of looking for weird machine made pasta each time I’m at the pasta section. In fact, I have several choices of pasta to go for different sauces which my family always on look out of what I bought in case there’s duplication LOL. I hope to see Giorgetto Giugiaro’s Marille and Philippe Starck’s Mandala πŸ˜€

    Thanks for the recipe!

  • Looks great, I have never used ground turkey in pasta sauce before but yours looks very inviting:-)
    X M

  • Ben, that sure looks great way to have pasta on a plate!…lovely dish..

  • I need more tomatillos in my life. You pasta looks good πŸ™‚

  • It always feels good to use up leftovers! And this looks mighty tasty!

  • I told you i love zucchini allready, haven’t I? The pasta looks great, I’m allways up for colorful food!

  • Pasta is great for quick meals and cleaning out the fridge. This pasta sounds tasty. I like the use of the tomatillos in it.

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