In the span of about 10 minutes I went from "I don't want to cook dinner" to "oooh, taco mac!". Cuz that's how I roll. I've seen about a dozen variations of taco mac come through my Google Reader (which reminds me, I should probably find myself a replacement for that) and it turns out I had most of the fixin's to try out the recipe. I made a few substitutions because that's what I do but it got a glowing review from Dave so this is clearly a keeper. I still want to try it as written though.
The photo was taken right before we dug in, fresh out of the pan. The pasta definitely absorbed the sauce in the fridge so leftovers weren't quite as soupy.
1 1/4 lb ground turkey
8 ounces medium pasta shells
1 medium onion, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 tbsp taco seasoning, divided
1 can of diced tomatoes
2 triangles Laughing Cow cheese
1/2 cup half and half
Cook pasta according to directions, reserving 1/4 cup pasta water and mixing it with 1 tsp bouillon concentrate.
Brown your turkey, breaking it up really well. Add about 2 tbsp taco seasoning to the meat. Once the meat is mostly browned, throw in the onions. Stir them around until the onions start to soften and add the bell pepper and garlic. After they cook about a minute, add tomatoes and stir. As soon as the juices start to lightly bubble, add the cheese triangles and melt. Stir in the cooked pasta. Add half and half, pasta water, salt and pepper and a handful of shredded cheddar. Simmer for about 5 minutes to reduce the sauce and let the flavors meld.
Serve with additional shredded cheddar and hot sauce on top.
Adapted from Annie's Eats