Here is another one of my tester dinners! the flash made the mac and cheese glow but it really was amazing. I loved it and Kent gave it a ten!!! definately a redo dinner. I love-love-love mac and cheese but it isn't really balanced or swimming with a plethora of healthy ingredients. This little recipe is a great way to enjoy the mac and cheese and add some tasty health and goodness. The veggies tasted really really good in it all. Plus, I am now a ground turkey advocate. I think that it even tastes lots better than ground beef! My mom always said, the fewer legs something has, the better it is for you! i.e., fish!
It is a Rachael Ray specialty, and no I haven't heard back from the show! I'll keep you all posted if I do hear anything.
Here are the ingredients. The directions are a bit longer so I included the link if you are interested! It was actually quite easy to make. I halved the recipe and we still had leftovers for Kent's lunch at school today.
Italian Shepherd's Pie
1 1/2 pounds mini penne or any mini short-cut pasta (I used whole wheat pasta!) Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
3 pounds ground turkey (extra lean)
3 tablespoons tomato paste
5 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 medium-size or 1 huge softball-size onion, diced
3 medium-size carrots, diced
1 medium zucchini, diced (even thought I halved it I still used an entire zucchini)
1 red bell pepper, diced (I put some orange and yellow in as well)
2 1/2 cups chicken stock, divided
1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
2 cups shredded provolone (I used the preshredded Italian mix from Kraft)
1/2 cup shredded Asiago cheese (I used one of those containers that also had romano in it)