I adopted Baxter and Benji from an animal shelter early in 2013 and it is fair to say they have their share of problems. I’ll never know what happened to them before they ended up at the pound but they are not very people friendly and Baxter is not keen on other dogs. Both are fairly highly strung and I am working with a vet to make the world seem a happier safer place to them.
But we have come a long way from when they first arrived at my place. Both were very subdued and Benji was very unsure of what he was supposed to do with balls and other toys. 15 months on and they are never going to be happy go lucky dogs but they are much better than they were. There is no clearer signal of this than the absolute joy Benji shows when you throw a ball for him. His whole body is happy from the silly look on his face, the prancing feet and the joyful tail. He reminds me of how much you should appreciate the simple things in life and what happiness they can bring.
And that is what this cheesy chili turkey pasta is. It is not a recipe you make when you want something fancy and there aren’t huge complex amazing flavours happening. But it is good heart-warming food. Oh and did I mention that you cook it all in one pot including the pasta. How good is that!
The recipe is available here:
To make this for one I used the following ingredients:
- 1 tsp of olive oil
- ¼ onion
- 1 tsp chilli powder
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp of minced garlic (equals one clove)
- 1 tsp of brown sugar
- 125g of turkey mince
- ½ a cup of water
- 180 ml of passata
- ½ cup of water
- Just over a third of a cup of Kraft’s shredded 3 cheese blend. This is the closest I could find to a Mexican cheese blend at my supermarket here in Canberra. But I have since been able to buy Kraft’s version of a Mexican cheese blend so will have to try this again.
To make the photograph a bit prettier I add parsley as a garnish. But garnish is definitely not required for every day eating. I cooked the recipe with no modifications to the original recipe. The preparation time is minimal on this with only the onion needing to be chopped. Otherwise you just need to get everything out of the fridge and pantry cupboard. The turkey took about 5 minutes to brown. All up the dish takes about 25-30 minutes to cook. It has about 575 calories per serve.
I didn’t receive any money from Kraft and I am just mentioning them here so you can get an idea of what I used if you are looking at what type of cheese was in the mix.