Baked nacho pasta

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PREP TIME

15 min

TOTAL TIME

30 min

Serves

8

Baked nacho pasta

Photo, Roberto Caruso.


Ingredients

  • 3 cups large pasta shells
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 450 g lean ground turkey
  • 1 jalapeño , seeded and diced
  • 4 green onions , chopped, white and green parts separated
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups shredded monterey jack
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed tortilla chips , plus more for garnish (optional)
  • 4 cocktail tomatoes , cut into wedges
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • sour cream , (optional)

Instructions

  • COOK pasta following package directions. Drain and set aside, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid.
  • HEAT oil in a large oven-safe frying pan over medium-high. Add turkey, jalapeno and white parts of green onion and cook until the meat is browned, about 9 min. Reduce heat to medium. Add tomato paste, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder and salt and cook for 1 min. Stir in pasta and reserved cooking liquid until combined. Remove from heat.
  • SPRINKLE with cheese and chips. Broil in centre of oven until cheese is melted and chips begin to brown, checking often, 1 to 2 min. Top with tomatoes, cilantro and remaining green onions. Serve with more chips, avocado slices and sour cream. Kitchen Tip: To help heat-proof a pan’s handle, double-wrap with foil.

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Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 325,
  • Protein
  • 20 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 27 g,
  • Fat
  • 15 g,
  • Fibre
  • 2 g,
  • Sodium
  • 366 mg.