Mexican Ground Turkey Olive Pasta Bake

This Mexican Ground Turkey Olive Pasta Bake is best made with al dente (not soft or undercooked) pasta, perfect for a weeknight meal or potluck dish.

Mexican Ground Turkey Olive Pasta Bake

Good morning, Friends. My blog is for the person who might be looking for more connection in life, or possibly you need new recipe inspiration. (Yesterday we woke up to this new snow on our back patio table!)

Mexican Ground Turkey Olive Pasta Bake

I think back to times when life feels it’s gotten the best of you, and you’re in survival mode, holding your breath until the current season you’re in ends. Or you can’t wait to get out of a very difficult phase in life, you’re disappointed in the way a friendship turned out, and you just feel sucker-punched, and to be honest: It’s truly hard to think about hosting people.

I know. Because I’ve had seasons in life just like that.

But I know that we all crave connection.

But then again, it’s just not a good season.

When the kids get into school, the baby sleeps through the night, you get that new job, a bigger house, you’ve got your parents settled, or you become empty-nesters—then you’ll start enjoying life more and making new connections. Then … you’ll host a small gathering.

Our endless needs go on and on. But the gifts for today are right in front of us.

Mexican Ground Turkey Olive Pasta Bake

One way to connect is through food, and to cook an easy recipe and to share it with others.

Mexican Ground Turkey Olive Pasta Bake

This dish is great to bring to a potluck, or to welcome your neighbors with in a weeknight meal!

Mexican Ground Turkey Olive Pasta Bake

It’s made with DeLallo’s Pomodoro Fresco Roatsed Garlic sauce!

Mexican Ground Turkey Olive Pasta Bake

I like weeknight meals because they’re often short, simple, sweet.

Mexican Ground Turkey Olive Pasta Bake

Don’t forget to undercook your pasta. It’s always better el dente.

Use premade pico de gallo, mix together; place in the fridge.

Pull out and BAKE for dinner or company!

Serve with a salad and extra toppings, like sour cream and fresh cilantro–a great meal for a cozy night. ENJOY!

Mexican Ground Turkey Olive Pasta Bake

Mexican Ground Turkey Olive Pasta Bake

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 cup cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 jar DeLallo Roasted Garlic Pomodoro Fresco sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground oregano
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 16 oz. pico de gallo
  • 1 can black olives, drained, sliced
  • 1 15 oz. Bush’s black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 16 oz. DeLallo pasta shells
  • 16 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese slices
  • Garnish with cilantro, sour cream, and salsa

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare 13 x 9 or 3 quart baking dish by spraying it with cooking spray.
  2. Cook pasta shells according to package directions.
  3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat; saute onions, green pepper, and mushrooms until soft for 5-7 minutes. Set aside.
  4. In the same skillet, cook the ground turkey. Add sauce and spices, salt and pepper; cook for another minute. Add sliced olives, beans, and pico de gallo; stir.
  5. In a large bowl, mix together the onion mixture with the ground turkey mixture with the cooked, drained pasta.
  6.  Add the mixture to the 9×13 pan; place the fresh mozzarella cheese slices on top.
  7. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Serve with cilantro, avocado, sour cream and hot sauce.

 

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Mexican Ground Turkey Olive Pasta Bake