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My family loves Tacos, and Pasta, so I thought that combining the two into a Taco Pasta Bake would be a huge hit, and it was!

Taco Pasta BakeFirst, I browned just over a pound of ground beef. The amount doesn’t have to be exact, my local store never sells exactly one pound. This one was probably closer to 1.25 pounds. After the beef is browned, strain the excess grease out.

Taco Pasta Bake

Next, put the strained meat back into the skillet and use a taco seasoning packet and 3/4 cup of water to season the meat. Let it cook until the seasoning is absorbed and the water has cooked out.

Taco Pasta BakeAdd the Cream Cheese until it is mixed through.

Taco Pasta Bake

Meanwhile, Cook your pasta, and when it is done and has been drained, pour it into your baking dish.

Taco Pasta BakeI used a 9×9 pan. Add your shredded cheese on top.

Taco Pasta BakeAdd the beef mixture, and stir it all up so it’s mixed well. Then bake uncovered at 35o for about 30 minutes.

Taco Pasta BakeI had some extra cheese left, so when I pulled it out of the oven, I sprinkled it on top and let it melt before serving.

Taco Pasta BakeI plated it and served it to my family. They loved every last bite, and in fact, there were NO leftovers for lunch the next day!

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Yield: 6

Taco Pasta Bake

Taco Pasta Bake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 box Penne Pasta or ziti
  • About 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 envelope Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese about 1/2 box
  • 1 1/2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese. Can divide or add extra according to your preference

Instructions

Brown your Ground Beef.

When it's done, strain the grease out.

Return the beef to the skillet and use a taco seasoning packet and 3/4 cup of water to season the meat.

Let it cook until the seasoning is absorbed and the water has cooked out.

Add the Cream Cheese until it is mixed through.

Cook your pasta according to package directions.

When it is done and has been drained, pour it into your baking dish.

Add your shredded cheese on top.

Add the beef mixture, and stir it all up so it's mixed well.

Then bake uncovered at 350 for about 30 minutes.

When it's done, you can add any leftover Shredded Cheddar to the top, if desired.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 450Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 114mgSodium: 381mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 30g

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Lady

Friday 24th of April 2020

This looks super yummy! I tried to pin it but it was apparently having difficulties. I can t wait to try this your recipes are always excellent. The boyfriend request Mexican night at least once a week this clearly has to make it s way into the rotation :-) Looks so good!

Nannymed

Friday 27th of March 2020

I made this tonight and it was a big hit! The family was skeptical about pasta and taco flavors together, but they quickly changed their tune after one bite. Thanks for a great recipe and it made enough for lunch leftovers! Is that 3 cups of macaroni before cooking or 3 cups after cooking? My grandkids would love it I m sure.

Karen Puleski

Monday 30th of March 2020

It's 3 cups before cooking :) I'll go back and make sure it's clarified in the recipe! I hope you enjoy it, my kids LOVE IT!!!

AnnaZed

Tuesday 29th of October 2013

What a yum idea; everyone loves that 'taco' flavor; so why not!

Ashley B.

Tuesday 15th of October 2013

I love this idea because I normally don't mix pasta and mexican flavorings, but this might actually work!

kathy pease

Tuesday 15th of October 2013

This looks amazing I really need to try this out on my family I know they would love it :)

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