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Easy Tex-Mex Rotini Recipe Is a Spicy Spin on a Classic Favorite

South of the Border meets Italian countryside cooking in this kicked-up pasta toss

Bolognese is an Italian meat-based pasta dish. Traditionally the sauce is cooked low and slow for several hours. My grandmother often made this delight on Sundays and special occasions. I can still remember the rich aroma while it simmered. So delicious! But no one has time to wait that long on a weeknight (or any night)! That’s what inspired this Tex-Mex Rotini recipe. It’s preps in practically no time. Plus, we give it a fun South-of-the-Border twist.

We start by browning lean ground turkey instead of beef. Then we stir in convenient jarred sauce. Now for the kicker — add a can of diced tomatoes with green chilis! This time-saver is an easy way to add fast flavor. The sauce comes together in just 30 minutes. Best of all, it only tastes like you’ve been slaving over the stove for hours. Cook along with our video and watch how easy it is to whip up. Then, leave us a comment.


4 serving

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  • 8 oz. rotini pasta
  • 8 oz. ground turkey
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 (24 oz.) jar marinara pasta sauce
  • 1 (10 oz.) can diced tomatoes with green chilis and chipotle, such as Rotel
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, 4 oz.
  • 1/4 c. chopped cilantro + cilantro sprigs
  • 1/2 c. sour cream


• Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; reserve. 

• Coat same pot with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Add turkey, onion and chili powder; cook, stirring occasionally, until turkey is no longer pink, 10 min.   

• Add sauce and tomatoes with their liquid; bring to boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover; cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is tender, 15 min.   

• Stir in reserved pasta; cook until heated through, about 1 min. Remove from heat; stir in cheese and chopped cilantro. Garnish with sour cream and, if desired, cilantro sprigs.


  • Calories: 552
  • Fat: 21 gram
  • Saturated Fat: 9 gram
  • Protein: 28 gram
  • Carbohydrate: 63 gram
  • Fiber: 6 gram
  • Cholesterol: 84 mg
  • Sugar: 14 gram
  • Sodium: 1,298 mg
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