Being a busy Mom, dinner time can sometimes be a challenge.  During the week, I try to keep meals simple and “quick to make” without sacrificing quality and flavor….  

Below is a recipe I created to test out my Sumac House Spice Blend which combines a lot of my favorite spices.   It highlights sumac along with black pepper, garlic powder, cumin, oregano and some other select spices.  It has been a great “go to” when cooking.  As a personal choice, in order to control the amount of sodium in meals, salt is not included in my spice blends.  It is amazing how much hidden sodium is already in your food before you cook it…. be sure to read labels…

This recipe is not only fast and easy….it is full of flavor and healthy.  My family really enjoyed this and the leftovers were appreciated. 

Gypsy World Spice Cafe Recipe — Sumac-aroni

1 box elbow macaroni

1 pound ground turkey (or italian turkey sausage)

1/2 small onion, chopped finely

1/2 green pepper, chopped finely

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons Sumac House Spice Blend, divided

1 jar marinara

1 teaspoon oregano

black pepper & salt

2 tablespoons parsley, chopped

feta cheese, crumbled (optional)

  1. Cook pasta acording to directions on box and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a sautee pan and cook the onion and pepper for 3-4 minutes until softened.  Add garlic and cook an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Add the ground turkey to the pan.  Season with 1-1/2 tablespoons of the Sumac House Spice Blend and also with salt & pepper (to taste). 
  4. Cook turkey until all juices run clear (all the pink is gone).
  5. Add the jar of marinara and 1/4 cup of water.
  6. Bring to a boil.  Add remaining 1/2 tablespoon of the Sumac House Spice Blend.  Simmer for 10  minutes.  
  7. Adjust the seasoning as needed.
  8. Stir the meat sauce into the pasta  along with the parsley.
  9. Serve with crumbled feta on the side.


Blogger’s Note:  I prefer to use Barilla Plus macaroni.   It has added fiber and the macaroni has ridges which work out great for holding the sauce…

Taster’s Comment’s:   Too busy eating to speak…. 2-3 servings a piece…. no words necessary here…


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