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Amazing Skillet Dinner


   Serving Size:
One serving is a 1.5 oz meat/ meat alternate, 1/4 cup vegetable and 0.5 oz grain for a 3 - 5 year old at lunch/supper.


12 servings




8 oz. whole wheat rotini pasta
1/2 c. bread crumbs
1/3 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 c. finely chopped onion
1 clove minced garlic
1 lb. lean ground beef or ground turkey
1 (28 oz.) can chopped stewed tomato(es)
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 1/2 c. shredded Cheddar (6 oz.) cheese

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta, stirring occasionally, until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside. Mix bread crumbs and Parmesan; set aside. In a 3-quart ovenproof pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook for 4 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high, add ground beef or turkey and cook until well browned, about 7 minutes. Scrape cooked meat into a colander to drain off excess fat. Wipe out pan and return rinsed meat to pan; reduce heat to medium. Preheat broiler. Stir tomatoes, salt, oregano and pepper into beef and cook for 3 minutes. Add reserved pasta and mix. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes to heat pasta. Remove from heat and stir in Cheddar. Top pasta with bread-crumb mixture and cook under broiler until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve immediately.



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