tuesday night mystery pasta

Most weekends I have the distinct resolution to get things ready for dinner each and every night of the week.  I either pre-plan or even pre-cook as much as I can.  Nevertheless, by Tuesday night something goes awry and I am scrambling to pull something together.  This week was no different.  Often I make pasta and some sort of sauce on these nights and I am getting quite the variety of sauces under my belt to mix it up for Matt and the kids.

Last night was no different and I was doing that thing where I am venturing into the fridge to make mystery pasta.  This one was one that I have made in the past, but never written down or documented.  So, I grabbed the camera and got to cooking.  Please disregard my accidental shots of the recycling bin next to the stove…  it can be tricky to hold the iPhone and cook at the same time.

Tuesday Night Pasta

  • 1 box large macaroni noodles – cooked almost al dente in salted water – it will continue to cook for a few minutes in the sauce to finish up
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 pound Italian sausage (optional, but really does add an extra burst of yumminess…)
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups of half & half or heavy cream
  • about 3/4 cup – 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 T. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • salt and pepper
  • minced garlic 1-2 cloves
  • 1/2 cup reserved pasta water
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced

Place ground turkey and Italian sausage in a hot pan coated with olive oil.  Add in onion and garlic, then season with salt and pepper.  Cook until meat is cooked through and onions are soft.  Next add in the tomatoes, half & half, and pasta water.  Bring to a bubble.  Add in most of the Parmesan cheese, reserving a little to top the pasta at the end.  Let sauce continue to bubble until it begins to thicken.  Add pasta and mix together.  Top with remaining cheese and some fresh ground pepper.  Grab a fork and get to eating! 

These noodles actually worked out perfect for the sauce.  The big size held the yummy sauce inside and exploded with the cheesy goodness when mixed with the rest of the sauce items… the tomatoes, cheese, and meat. 

The boys didn’t just say they liked it for the camera, either… they each had a third helping.  That is usually a sign that I did something right.

Hopefully it turns out for you, too, and maybe, just maybe, next Tuesday won’t be such a mystery!

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