Easy Weeknight Taco Pasta
As a busy mom, I love making meals during the week that are delicious, flavorful, and most of all easy to make. This Weeknight Taco Pasta definitely fits the bill and our family loves it.
This recipe combines the wholesomeness of pasta with the delicious flavors of cheesy, beef tacos and will be enjoyed by even the pickiest eaters out there. Even better, you can have it on your table in 30 minutes or less, making it the perfect meal for busy weeknights.
- ½ 8 oz. box of small shell pasta noodles
- 1 lb. of lean ground beef or turkey
- 1 envelope package of low sodium taco seasoning
- 1 cup water
- ½ block of 8 ounce reduced fat cream cheese (4 oz)
- 1 cup of shredded cheese (Cheddar, Mexican blend, or Monterey Jack)
Step 1: Begin boiling pasta according to package instructions.
Step 2: Brown ground beef in pan until fully cooked; Drain; Place beef back into pan and add taco seasoning and water. Stir well and let simmer on Medium heat until liquid has reduced. (About 5 Minutes)
Step 3: Cut ½ block of cream cheese into small squares and add into ground beef mixture. Begin stirring in cream cheese and increase heat to medium/high until all cheese has been incorporated and sauce is creamy.
Step 4: Remove ground beef from heat; Drain pasta; Place hot pasta into casserole dish and stir in ½ cup of cheese. Add in taco mixture and mix well.
Step 5: Top pasta with remaining ½ cup of cheese and bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, or until cheese is perfectly melted.
Step 6: Pair it with a delicious salad and enjoy this easy and delicious weeknight meal!
Optional: Top with fresh herbs or salsa for added flavor 😉
Have a great Monday and thanks for stopping by!- Cara
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