Dinner Tonight: Tortellini Taco Bake

I found a recipe that took Chef Boyardee ravioli and turned it into a quick casserole with a Mexican flair… I was intrigued.  
I’m not into using Chef Boyardee, but I am into using the yummy ravioli and tortellini pastas that you find at the grocery store (this one is a whole wheat, cheese filled tortellini) usually near the produce or deli (and sometimes by the packaged meats).  I used a cheese filled pasta and added in one pound of ground turkey and a little Mexican spice.  Dinner was done in minutes….and it was mighty tasty if I do say so myself.
Shopping List
2 (9 oz) packages of either ravioli or tortellini from your grocery store (I use Buitoni)
1 pound of ground turkey, beef or chicken (or even pork sausage would be yummy!)
1 (1 oz) package of taco seasoning
1 cup salsa
chopped green onions, optional
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
Salt and Pepper
Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  When boiling, drop your pasta and cook until al dente (usually that’s when your ravioli or tortellini start to float to the top of the pot…about 5 to 6 minutes).
Meanwhile, over medium-high heat drizzle in a tablespoon or so of EVOO in a large skillet.  Brown your ground turkey in the EVOO until nice and crumbly.  Season with a pinch of S&P and add in your taco seasoning.  Reduce heat to low and stir in your salsa.  Simmer about 5 minutes.
Drain your cooked pasta and toss with your ground turkey mixture.
Serve with a few green onions on top.
This meal really only has 4 basic ingredients, and that’s just fabulous on a weeknight! 
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  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} August 22, 2013 at 10:41 am

    I LOVE that tortellini, and I LOVE the idea of this taco twist!!!!

  • Grace Beekman August 22, 2013 at 10:50 am

    I would have never put tacos and tortellini together! How fun! šŸ™‚

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  • Claire T August 22, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Oh this is clever! Definitely on the 'to try soon' list!

  • Carroll August 22, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    This looks so delicious and is something I think my husband would love! Definitely pinning it for a dinner in the future!! šŸ™‚

  • J and A August 22, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    mmmm my hubby will love this! And I love easy!

  • Angela August 22, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    I'll have to try this! I love the broccoli ravioli casserole you did awhile back, but I found that the packaged ravioli is pretty expensive at the store,especially when you start buying multiple packages. However, I found big packs at Costco for significantly less! Thought I'd throw that out there…

  • Anonymous September 9, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    I finally made this last week for a quick school night dinner + the whole family LOVED it. It definitely will continue to be a regular dinner choice in our house šŸ™‚