144.2...Siri's One-Pot Mexican Pasta

The recipe for Siri’s One-Pot Mexican Pasta popped in my inbox and I knew I had to make it immediately. I’m glad I did! It was so comforting, you’d think you were eating something bad for you. Little does anyone know but it has a secret ingredient in it: squash! Make it for your family ASAP. They will never know the difference. 

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Siri’s One-Pot Mexican Pasta (Serves 6)

Recipe from Siri Daly, The Today Show


1 Tbsp olive oil

1 pound ground turkey

1/2 package store-bought taco seasoning 

12 ounces frozen squash, thawed

8 ounces pasta

2 cups chicken stock

8 ounces store-bought taco sauce

1 1/2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend, plus more for serving

Chopped avocado, scallions and jalapeños, for serving (optional)


1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.

2. Add the ground turkey and cook until no longer pink.

3. Add the taco seasoning and squash, and cook for a few minutes, until everything is combined.

4. Add the pasta, chicken stock and taco sauce and bring to a boil.

5. Stir everything up, cover the pot, lower to a simmer and cook for another 10 minutes.

6. Uncover, add the cheese, and simmer until the cheese is melted and sauce has thickened. Add a little more cheese on the top before serving, plus your favorite garnishes like chopped avocado, scallions and jalapeños. 

Printable Recipe

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I made a salad to go with it. Fabulous dinner!

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Today’s breakfast:

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After I took the kids to school, I went to the gym to jog on the treadmill. 

Next up was a cooking class at The La Jolla Community Center taught by Phillis Carey. Today’s class was “Wine Country Cuisine”. 

The first recipe was Feta-Stuffed Braised Chicken Thighs in White Wine with Fresh Herbs and Green Olives served on Parmesan Polenta:

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Really loved this! The polenta was fabulous and the sauce tasted great with it.

The second recipe was Mediterranean Vegetable Galette with Eggplant, Peppers, Tomatoes and Herbed Goat Cheese Filling:

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Doesn’t look pretty on the plate but it sure tasted good!! It’s a great vegetarian dish!

The next recipe was Honey Mustard Sesame Salmon with Mango Basil Beurre Blanc:

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I’m not a fan of fruit in my food but I really liked this sauce over the salmon!

Next up was Balsamic Marinated Pork Tenderloin with Blackberry Merlot Sauce:

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Another fruity winner!! Maybe I’m slowing converting?

Dessert was Buttery Almond Torte with Amaretto Cream:

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What can I say about this? It was fantastic! If you love the flavor of almonds, you would love this!

Tonight I have Book Club so I need to eat dinner quickly and hit the road.

Do you have a favorite ingredient to throw into recipes to make them healthier? 

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