Taco Pasta

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Hola!

I am so happy to be off work! Here in Illinois we get the day off school to celebrate Casimir Pulaski Day. The most exciting thing going on today are dental appointments!

There are times when my kids have a taste  for  what I call “junk” food like McDonalds, KFC, etc… The last time they asked I decided to make this pasta. I don’t mean that this  is “junk”, but it has that  delicious, addicting taste that makes you want to keep eating it. It is a very kid friendly meal.

Taco Pasta

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 8-12 ounces medium pasta shells
  • 1 small onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (14 oz.) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 packet (4 tablespoons) taco seasoning
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (optional)
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook pasta according to the package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water. Set aside.Meanwhile, in a large skillet or sauté pan, cook the ground meat and onions over medium-high heat. Add in the diced tomatoes, garlic and taco seasoning and let simmer over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes.

Stir in the cooked pasta, cream cheese, sour cream and remaining pasta water. Continue stirring until the cream cheese is melted and the sauce is well blended. Simmer for a few minutes over medium heat to reduce the sauce, if needed.

Toss in the cilantro right before serving for some fresh color and flavor, if desired.

To make this a bit healthier I used ground turkey, light sour cream, light cream cheese and a homemade taco seasoning that you can find here http://www.plainchicken.com/2012/03/homemade-taco-seasoning.html?m=1

If you want to spice it up you can also use diced tomatoes with peppers (such as Ro-tel). Next time the kids ask for “junk” food I am making this again. It was really good!

Besos,

Flor

Recipe source http://www.overworkedsupermom.com/

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