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Tex Mex Pasta Salad

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Why I Love This Recipe

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.

Ingredients You'll Need

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


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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