8-12 oz. large shell pasta (or other type of pasta)
3/4 Lb. lean ground beef or ground turkey
1 packet of taco seasoning
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. onion powder
pepper, to taste
1 Tbl. brown sugar, opt.
1/2 c. hot pasta water
1 can low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can mild Rotel, un-drained
1 heaping cup low-fat cottage cheese
2 Tbl. chopped cilantro

Cook pasta according to package directions; reserving 1/2 cup hot water. Meanwhile, brown ground beef or turkey in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the taco seasoning, cumin, onion powder, some black pepper and brown sugar. Carefully add 1/2 cup of the hot pasta water to the skillet and stir to combine; allow to simmer for a few minutes. It should be thickened at this point. Stir in the beans, Rotel, cottage cheese and cilantro. Continue to heat over medium heat and add the drained, cooked pasta. Stir until pasta is evenly coated in sauce. The sauce should be thick and creamy, but if it isn’t, simmer for a few minutes until thickened. Serves 4-5

slightly adapted from: Sweet Treats & More

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