Sunday, February 1, 2015

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Written By Bobbie



I love pasta sauces and how incredibly versatile it is.  My family loves it when I make a creamy pasta sauce, and I love it because it is quick and easy.  I thought I'd mix it up a bit with a little help from McCormick Gourmet Thyme that I received with my Frosty Vox Box from Influenster in exchange for my honest review.


I love thyme, and the bottle cap on McCormick Gourmet is great being a flip top instead of a screw down top.  I can be stirring with one hand, and grab the bottle with the other hand, flip the top open and sprinkle the spice onto my dish, close the lid and put the bottle back into the cupboard without batting an eye.  The thyme has a great aroma, and went perfectly with my Turkey Burger Pasta Sauce.  I happen to have a 12 inch frying pan that is deep enough for me to make the sauce all in one pan.  It is great having one less pot wash.

Ingredients:

1 box favorite pasta
1 lb ground turkey
1 jar favorite pasta sauce (and 1/2 jar of water)
1 8 oz. brick cream cheese
1 medium onion, diced
2 teaspoon minced garlic (or 2 cloves minced garlic)
2 bell peppers diced (any color)
3 teaspoon seasoned salt
2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Thyme Leaves
Olive oil
2 teaspoon hickory smoke (optional)

Directions:

Cook pasta according to directions on box while making sauce.  Drizzle a little olive oil into a pan over medium high heat and add onions, garlic, and thyme.  Cook for just a couple minutes.  Add ground turkey until browned and until fully cooked.  Drain off any excess grease, return to pan (or pot) add pasta sauce, water and rest of the spices.  Reduce heat to a low simmer.  Once sauce is warmed up and just simmering, add cream cheese.  You can cut it up, but I just place the whole thing in the center and start stirring, eventually it melts down.  Once your pasta is done cooking, drain it and give it a toss with just a splash of olive oil to prevent it from sticking to itself.  Serve sauce over pasta with some salad to compete your dinner!