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. 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 ;)

  2. very apt in a time like this where all of us should learn how save … very creative… leftovers that were deliciously cooked too… :) thanks for sharing…

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

  4. 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? :-D 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 :-D

    Thanks for the recipe!

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

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

  7. I need more tomatillos in my life. You pasta looks good :)

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

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

  10. 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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