Well it appears as though the cold has finally made its way here to Centre County, Pennsylvania! The cooler temperatures are a great excuse to hang out in the kitchen and to cook up some spirit-lifting goodness with your kids. One-pot meals are a great way to create healthy home-cooked meals that the whole family can help with.

One-pot meals are exactly what they sound like: everything cooked in one pot! This means easier clean up, and more time to spend relaxing with your family. Pasta is a particularly useful base for these kinds of recipes, and it’s a great companion for yummy seasonal produce that will help keep you and your family healthy through the cold nights to come! This featured recipe calls for any fresh or frozen vegetables, but if you’re looking for a cheaper option, shopping locally and in season is a great route to explore! Some seasonal Fall veggies that would be wonderful in this dish include broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, spinach, kale, and parsnips. And if you can’t find fresh produce locally, remember — frozen and canned vegetables are also nutritious!


Skillet Pasta Dinner

From USDA Mixing Bowl

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Makes 6 Servings


  • 1/2 pound ground turkey, 85% lean (or ground sausage or beef)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (approximately 1 teaspoon)
  • 1 can tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (8 ounce)
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 ounces uncooked tube pasta (ziti, penne, macaroni)
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen vegetables (try zuccini and carrots)




1. Brown the ground meat, onion, and garlic in a skillet or heavy saucepan. Drain off any grease.

2. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, and uncooked pasta.

3. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

4. Add the fresh or frozen vegetables, stir and continue cooking until the pasta and vegetables are tender (about 10 more minutes).


Skillet Pasta Dinner Nutrition Facts



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