I already have a favorite homemade hamburger helper recipe – Hamburger Help-Me – so when I saw this idea on Half Baked Harvest, making a switch to ground turkey (or chicken), which I also seem to always have handy in the freezer was easy! So tasty – especially served in individual bowls and covered with mini bocconcini – enjoy!
olive or avocado oil + kosher salt and freshly ground pepper for cooking
1 lb. ground turkey (or chicken) AND 1 onion, small dice
1 t. EACH chili powder, paprika AND garlic powder
454 g/1 lb. small bite pasta AND 1 medium zucchini, grated
2 c. EACH good beef broth AND whole milk
1/4 c. ketchup
~2 c. grated old cheddar
chopped fresh parsley and any kind of cheese for serving
In a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, add a splash of oil, the turkey and onion and cook and stir for about 10 minutes until browned. Season well with salt and pepper as it’s cooking, and when the turkey appears to be cooked through, add in the chili powder, paprika and garlic powder and cook for another quick minute.
Add in the pasta and zucchini and toss to coat, then stir in the broth and milk, add the ketchup (and maybe another sprinkling of salt, depending on how strong your broth is), and bring it all to a boil. Simmer carefully for 5 to 10 minutes until the pasta is al dente and then stir in the cheese. Continue to cook and stir for another few minutes until all is creamy and perfect. Serve up in large bowls and absolutely top off with more cheese!