Thursday night my sister was working late and I ended up having my nephews over for dinner…..as much as I love them they are not as easy going in the food department as my two boys.
My sister is a single mom with full time job and she’s not very good cook to begin with so their main diet is quick and easy…..and same goes for their taste buds…. Kraft Dinner, Hamburger Helper, Hot Dogs, Soups from can, Fried Chicken and of course Drive-thru.
I didn’t get much notice about having them for dinner so I had to be inventive with what was in my fridge and pantry.
PASTA dish is always a winner when it comes to my boys and my nephews, but as luck would have it I was out of pasta sauce and out of time to make it from scratch…… It was time to improvise.
….little bit of imaginations….and TURKEY DOGS & SALSA PASTA BAKE was born.
…..No whining……..no complaining…….Plates were licked clean and most of them asked for seconds.
My sons gave this dish 9.7 out of 10 points.
- 250g Catelli SMART Rotini (dry)
- 2 cups Chunky Salsa
- 6 Turkey Wieners
- 1 cup Tillamook Colby Jack Cheese (shredded)
- Parmesan Cheese
- Italian Parsley
STEP 1: Preheat the oven to 400F. Grease casserole dish.
STEP 2: Cook Rotini in salted boiling water till Al Dente. Drain it well.
STEP 3: Cut up Turkey Wieners into 1/2″ chunks.
STEP 4: Place half of Rotini on the bottom of the casserole dish. Cover it evenly with 1 cup of Salsa. Spread turkey wieners on top of the Salsa. Cover it evenly with 1/2 cup of cheese and then put layer of the leftover pasta on top.Salt and pepper to taste. Evenly spread the rest of Salsa on top of Rotini.Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
STEP 5: Cover with lid and bake for 45 minutes or until the cheese is nice and melted on top.
I have to admit….I had my doubts, but Turkey Dogs & Salsa Pasta Bake was delicious as well as low calorie and low carbohydrate meal.
This recipe should give you 6 portions @ approximately 260 calories, 11g of fat, 27 carbohydrates and 6 g of fiber.
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