I’m not sure if I’ve raved about the Looneyspoons cook books yet… oh wait that’s all I talk about when I blog about food. I like cooking, I find it relaxing and enjoyable. I like following a new recipe and then fixing it up a tad to suit me more. I’m also in love with Pinterest and the amazing recipes you find on there, I could pin about a 100 a day but I will never be able to make them all! so I try to pick some healthy and some splurge meals and have slowly been attempting them.
Anywho I want to share the Gringo’s Starr (Looneyspoons)
What you’ll need:
12oz uncooked cavatappi or medium shell pasta
2 tsp olive oil
1 lb ground turkey or chicken (I used shredded turkey left from turkey dinner since we were getting sick of turkey sandwiches)
1 cup chopped onion
2 tsp minced garlic
3/4 cup each diced red & green peppers, and jalapeño
2 cups low sodium tomato pasta sauce
3/4 cup salsa
1 tsp each dried oregano, cumin and chilli powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
1cup 1% cottage cheese
1/2 cup shredded light monterey jack or cheddar cheese
What you’ll do:
prepare pasta and set aside
heat olive oil in large skilled over medium-high heat. add turkey onions, garlic, peppers and jalapeños. cook until turkey is no longer pink (since mine was pre cooked it didn’t take very long at all) drain any fat. add pasta sauce, salsa, spices and bring to a boil. reduce heat, cover and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Spray 9x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. spread a bit of pasta sauce over bottom followed by 1/2 the pasta 1/2 the remaining pasta sauce. Spread cottage cheese evenly over sauce. Spread remaining pasta over cottage cheese followed by sauce and shredded cheese.
cover and bake at 350F for 30 minutes
423 Calories per serving (the recipe says serves 6, I made a bit more)
I didn’t have cottage cheese so I improvised with Boursin Gourmet Spreadable Herb and Garlic light. I tossed the noodles in it and then put the sauce on… Ryan ate a bunch for lunch, packed it for his dinner at work, and even texted me to tell me it was good, so that means it was an A+