"hamburger helper" creamy taco mac

we don't do hamburger helper in our house.  not anymore.  so, yes, we used to.  my husband likes loves the stroganoff version and so does my oldest boy.  yuck!  i have never been a huge fan but, i like to please my people so i admit to being a bit beyond excited when i came across this recipe.

my people?  they gobbled it up.  a keeper for sure.

creamy taco mac
(printable recipe)
adapted from annie's eats
1 1/2 lbs ground turkey
1 tbsp olive oil
8 oz dry whole wheat pasta
1 small onion, chopped
2 clove garlic, minced
1 (14 oz) can salt-free diced tomatoes (not drained)
4 tbsp taco seasoning (she has a great recipe for taco seasoning but i just used mccormicks msg free)
4 oz light cream cheese
1/2 cup light sour cream
salt and pepper

bring a large pot of water to a boil.  cook pasta according to the package directions.  drain, reserving 1/4 cups of pasta water (i ALWAYS forget this step!!!  don't do it!).  set aside.

meanwhile, in a large skillet or saute pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.  cook the ground turkey until no longer pink.  a few minutes before the turkey is cooked through, add the chopped onion to the skillet.  once the turkey is cooked through, mix in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  mix in the diced tomatoes and taco seasoning and let simmer over medium heat for about 5 minutes.  stir in the cooked pasta, cream cheese, sour cream and reserved pasta water.  continue stirring until the cream cheese is melted and the sauce is well blended.  season with salt and pepper to taste.  simmer over medium-low heat for 3-5 minutes to reduce sauce a bit.  remove from the heat and top with shredded cheddar if desired.

makes 6 servings

Nutrition Facts
creamy taco mac
Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat12.2g
      Saturated Fat3.8g
      Trans Fat0g
      Dietary Fiber7.5g
Vitamin A 11%Vitamin C 12%
Calcium    10%Iron 22%

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