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This is a kid-friendly pasta salad that is a take-off on Mac & Cheese. This is an easy salad recipe, which makes a large batch that well keep in the fridge for three days. You can use rotini, seashell pasta, or penne instead of the radiatore. This pasta salad makes a great main dish recipe for the family on a hot spring day.


  • 1 Pound uncooked radiatore pasta
  • 2 Teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 Pounds ground turkey
  • 3/4 Cup water
  • 1 (1.25- ounce) package taco seasoning
  • 2 Cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 2 Cups chopped tomato
  • 1 Cup Bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 Cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 Cup black olives, chopped
  • 1 (15.5 ounce can) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
  • Salsa


  • Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  • Drain and rinse with cold water. Drain again and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, saute for 1 minute. Add turkey, cook until browned and crumbled.
  • Stir in water and taco seasoning; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 4 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates, str frequently. Remove from heat.
  • Combine pasta, turkey mixture, cheese, and the next six ingredients through beans, in a large bowl.
  • Combine lime juice, salt, cumin, and sour cream, stirring until well blended. Pour over the pasta mixture, toss gently to coat
  • the noodles. Serve with salsa.

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