Easy and Delicious Weeknight Taco Pasta

Looking for a quick pasta recipe the whole family will love? Try my Easy and Delicious Weeknight Taco Pasta recipe that features creamy taco pasta with beef, cheese, and taco seasoning. 


  • 1/2 16 oz Box of Small Shell Pasta Noodles
  • 1 lb Lean Ground Beef or Turkey 80/20 or above preferred
  • 1 envelope low sodium taco seasoning
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 block reduced fat cream cheese (4 oz.)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese Cheddar, Mexican Blend, or Monterey Jack


  1. Begin boiling pasta according to package instructions.

  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)
  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.
  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.
  5. Top pasta with remaining ½ cup of cheese and bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, or until cheese is perfectly melted.
  6. Pair it with a delicious salad and enjoy this easy and delicious weeknight meal!