Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Rican Cuisine: Puerto Rican Spaghetti

This is a recipe that I simply could not live without. It combines by love for Italian cuisine with my Puerto Rican roots. The star of this dish is the 'Picadillo' (ground meat), in this recipe I used ground turkey instead of the traditional beef used in Italian Meat Sauce recipes. I promise you'll forget it's turkey when you taste it, and your family (kids especially) will never be the wiser. I hope you enjoy this Italian/Puerto Rican fusion dish as much as my family does.
Similar recipe can be found at Rican Recipes


1 lb. ground turkey
1 (24) jar of your favorite pasta sauce (I used Bertolli Five Cheese)
1 large yellow onion diced
1 Green Cubanelle Pepper diced (may be substituted with Anaheim Pepper if needed)
1 Roasted Red Pepper (jarred) diced
1/2 cup of Complete Seasoning
3 tbsp. garlic powder
3 tbsp. onion powder
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
2 tbsp. green Spanish olives
1 (16 oz.) box of fettuccine pasta
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 packet of Sazon
4 tbsp. of Sofrito


Seasoning the meat:
In large bowl combine ground turkey with onion,cubanelle and roasted red pepper
Fold in Complete Seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, bread crumbs, and Parmesan cheese until mixed.
Set aside and prepare oil in pan

Flavoring the oil:
In a large pan heat vegetable oil on medium heat
When oil becomes hot reduce to low heat adding Sofrito and Sazon and cook for about 1 minute
This process flavors the oil giving the seasonings in the meat more depth.
Do not skip this step!

Cooking the Picadillo (ground meat)
Add meat mixture into pan and cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally; for about 10 mins or until meat has browned; set aside

Preparing the Pasta
Cook the fettuccine according to packaging, drain and add in pasta sauce; cook for about 5 mins on low heat of until warm
Fold in Picadillo and cook for an additional 5 mins on low heat; or until warm; serve.

Garnish with grated Parmesan Cheese (optional) and enjoy!

I really hope that you enjoy this dish as much as I do. The flavors in this dish are unmistakably Puerto Rican and absolutely Delicious. It's a fun and unique twist on an Italian classic and sure to become a household favorite.
Until next time, I wish you Speedy Cooking and Happy Eating!

- Erikalisa

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