South of the Border Casserole

September 12, 2008 at 9:42 am (Uncategorized) (, , , )

South of the Border Casserole

Another attempt to create a dinner with leftovers. I wasn’t brave enough to freeze any of it, but it seems like it would actually be good for the freezer next time. I doubled the recipe, and it made a TON. It was dinner for a few nights and great lunches for work. DH and I very much enjoyed it. And the best part, only one pan to clean when it was done!!!

South of the Border Casserole
Adapted from A Taste of Home Cooking


1 lb ground turkey
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
28 oz can diced tomatoes
2 Tablespoons of Chili powder
2 Tablespoons of Cumin (I didn’t have quite enough, so I was a bit shy on this)
2 cups sour cream
16 oz. Barilla plus rotini noodles (They are my new healthy pasta alternative)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (I used a Mexican blend)
1/4 Cup Cilantro (I omitted)


  1. In a large skillet, brown ground turkey until no longer pink. Drain fat.
  2. Add the olive oil, peppers, onions, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cook on medium-high heat until softened (about 8-10 minutes).
  3. Add chili powder and cumin, cook for about 30 seconds.
  4. Turn the stove to medium. Add the can of tomatoes.
  5. Add the sour cream. (I didn’t add all of it, I used about 1 1/2 cups and saved the rest to put on top while serving.)
  6. Stir until everything is mixed.
  7. Add pasta and mix it in.
  8. Cover and cook until pasta is al-dente, about 25 minutes, make sure to stir frequently so the pasta doesn’t get stuck to the bottom. (At this point I had a “walking date” with a friend, so I had about 15 minutes of it on medium heat, stirring often, and then I turned it off and removed it from the burner and went for a 30 minute walk. I let it sit while I was gone. When I got home the noodles were perfect, so I just heated it up a bit while we finished the rest of dinner.)
  9. To serve, top with the cheese (and a bit of sour cream) and enjoy!

DH and I very much enjoyed this. We had it with veggies and some sweet corn muffins. It was great as leftovers.


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