I have a confession, I like Hamburger Helper. There I said it, do you think less of me? I actually had never tried it until I was in college because my parents never cooked it. This is a better for you version of Hamburger Helper. I used my homemade taco seasoning in it and it didn’t let me down. I will definitely make this one again!
Creamy Taco Mac
1.25 lbs ground turkey (I used 99% fat free Honeysuckle White)
8 oz dry pasta plus 1 cup reserved pasta water (I used Ronzoni Smart Pasta)
1 (14.5 oz) can of petite diced tomatoes
4 tablespoons mild taco seasoning
3 oz cream cheese (I used 1/3 less fat)
1/2 cup sour cream (I used fat free)
salt and pepper
cheddar cheese (optional) I used 1 cup shredded colby jack/cheddar
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook pasta as directed per package. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water.
Over medium heat, brown turkey until no longer pink. Add taco seasoning and diced tomatoes. Allow to simmer over low heat 5 minutes. Add cooked pasta, reserved water, cream cheese, and sour cream. Stir until incorporated well. Simmer over low 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper as desired. Top off with cheddar cheese if desired (I stirred in 1 cup of cheese)
*This recipe makes 7 (1 cup) servings for a total of 7 WW points if you make it with my adaptations. My husband thought it had too much taco seasoning so you might want to adjust your taco seasoning to taste. I thought it was perfect as is!