Creamy Taco Mac

by Melissa on November 15, 2010

With the busy holiday season rapidly approaching, I am on the lookout for quick and easy weeknight meals. This Creamy Taco Mac definitely fits the bill. Ground turkey, pasta and tomatoes in a slightly spicy and creamy cheese sauce. This pasta is very similar to Hamburger Helper and is just as easy to make, but it tastes better and is definitely better for you!

Do you have a favorite quick and easy weeknight meal? Leave a link in the comments, I would love to check it out!

Creamy Taco Mac

  • 8 oz dry pasta + 1 cup reserved pasta water
  • 1.25 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) petite diced tomatoes
  • 4 Tbsp mild taco seasoning (1 packet)
  • 4 oz cream cheese (reduced fat is fine)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (reduced fat is fine)
  • salt & pepper
  • cheddar cheese, shredded

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook pasta per directions. Reserve one cup of pasta water.

Meanwhile, over medium heat, brown ground turkey until no longer pink. Add minced garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in taco seasoning and diced tomatoes. Allow to simmer over low heat for 5 minutes. Add cooked pasta, cream cheese, sour cream and 1/2 cup pasta water. Give it a good stir until cream cheese is melted and incorporated. Add additional reserved pasta water to thin out the sauce, if necessary. Simmer over low heat for 2-3 minutes. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Top with cheddar cheese.

Source: Slightly adapted from Delish.

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cindy harris November 15, 2010 at 11:08 am

Just spent the last hour enjoying your blog. You’re on my reader!


Julie November 15, 2010 at 11:21 am

Oooh! I’m going to have to try this. At least half of my kids will eat it, so that is a start. It looks good and I like that you can use the reduced fat options. It’s going on next week’s menu. Thanks!


Jolene ( November 16, 2010 at 1:56 am

You come up with the best recipes! My husband would LOVE this one!


Sues November 16, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Holy moly this looks awesome! I think I’m going to make this for the boyfriend as he lovess tacos AND mac and cheese. Perfection!


Mimi November 17, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Made this tonight without the turkey and called it a side dish. Everyone loved it – even Cassie!


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