Sunday, January 30, 2011

Chop Suey - American Style!

I got this recipe from the blog, A Year of Slow Cooking. This woman cooked in her crock pot every day . . . for a year! And that's, you know, TOTALLY AWESOME. I altered her recipe slightly (left out the bacon and used ground turkey instead of beef). This recipe was not only delicious, but it was the perfect comfort meal for mid-winter. It's also wicked kid friendly!

1 pound lean ground turkey, browned and drained
1 large onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 can water (empty tomato can)
6 garlic cloves, chopped
1 jar prepared pasta sauce (I used Classico Marinar with Plum Tomatoes)
1 (16-ounce) package pasta of your choice (I used gluten free brown rice rotini pasta)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

1. In a large skillet, brown turkey the and onion all together until the meat is no longer pink. Drain well and put in crock pot.
2. Add everything else into the pot except for the pasta and cheese.
3. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or high for about 4* hours. Stir in the raw pasta and cook on high for approximately 20 - 30 minutes, or until pasta is bite-tender.

*Mine was totally done, complete with pasta, in 4 hours

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