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