One Pot Taco Pasta

Ingredients:
1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 lb Extra Lean Ground Beef (or substitute ground turkey)
4 stalks Green Onion (finely chopped)
2 Garlic (cloves, minced)
1 tsp Cumin (ground)
1 tsp Chili Powder
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
1 Tomato (large, diced)
1/2 cup Frozen Corn (thawed)
1/2 cup Black Beans (cooked, from the can)
1 Red Bell Pepper (diced)
2 1/2 cups Organic Chicken Broth
1 cup Organic Salsa
2 cups Brown Rice Pasta Shells (dry, uncooked)

Method:

1. Heat oil in a large skillet with a tight-fitting lid over medium-high heat. Add the beef (or ground turkey), and
break it up with a wooden spoon or spatula as it cooks. Once it is cooked through and no
longer pink, drain any excess drippings.

2. Add onions and garlic to the pan with the beef and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until onions
are translucent.

3. Add cumin, chili powder, salt, diced tomato, corn, black beans and bell pepper to the pot
and stir to incorporate with the meat. Cook the vegetables for 2 to 3 minutes.

4. Stir in the broth, salsa and pasta. Bring everything to a boil, then cover and reduce heat
to medium-low. Let simmer for 12 to 15 minutes or until pasta is cooked through and
tender. Stir every 3 to 4 minutes as it cooks, to ensure the pasta isn’t sticking to the
bottom of the pan.

5. Remove from heat, divide into bowls and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Notes:

-Vegan & Vegetarian: swap the ground meat out for cooked lentils.
– Optional Toppings: grated cheese, sour cream, avocado, fresh lime, cilantro or extra salsa.
– Stir in a chopped jalapeno and a pinch of cayenne with the other vegetables and spices for an added kick.
– Use any other type of pasta or pasta shell instead like whole wheat penne or chickpea fusilli.