Sunday, March 11, 2012

Supermom's Sunday Recipe: Taco Pasta

 When it comes to dinnertime, pinterest has saved my butt a time or two. This recipe is no exception. I had repined it from The Girl WhoAte Everything a week or so ago, and whipped out a slightly modified version on the family over the weekend. It was quick, easy, and most importantly, DELICIOUS.

Taco Pasta

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

TIP: I used the entire taco seasoning packet, and I don’t know that I will next time. It was a bit overpowering, especially with using Ro-Tel. Consider cutting back on the seasoning packet.

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. 

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28 comments:

  1. Looks fantastic. Wonder if I can figure out how to make it weight watchers friendly?

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    1. ground turkey, either low fat sour cream or non fat yogurt instead of sour cream, also use yogurt for cream cheese. Will change the consistency slightly, but nobody will really be able to tell the difference

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    2. That's how I just made it - ground turkey, non-fat sour cream, low fat cream cheese, omitted the extra pasta water, and no extra salt. I don't know numbers in terms of calories, fat, etc, but I imagine it is lighter than the original recipe. It wasn't as thick as it looks in the picture at first, but it thickened up after a couple of minutes. Most importantly, it was delicious!!! I can't wait to have the leftovers tomorrow! :)

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  2. This sounds good! I may have to try it...

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  3. Wow, what a brilliant idea, I try adding some tortilla chips so that it would have some added texture.
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  4. Made this for dinner last night !! It was a huge hit with my husband unfortunately it turned out a bit spicy for my toddler (I must've picked up the wrong can of Ro-Tel )But it sure was Yummy. Thanks for dinner !

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  5. I am also wondering how many servings this is.

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    1. Ack! How did I miss these messages?!

      It yields 4-6 servings.

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  6. This sounds good! We eat tacos every Friday and always end up having leftover meat so it's always good to find recipes that use leftover taco meat. Also, just FYI, one packet of taco seasoning is equal to 2 tablespoons (I have been making my own taco seasoning for over a year now and always use 2 tablespoons. I highly recommend making your own!)

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  7. Saw this on Pinterest. I'm making it right now. Used ground turkey and Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. I also dumped in a can of drained and rinsed black beans and a couple handfuls of frozen corn. It smells delicious and the samples I've tasted are pretty good. Thanks for the recipe!

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  8. Do you think if I browned the meat ahead of time, I could dump all this into the crock pot? I work 10 hour days and by the time I get home the last thing I wanna do is stand over the stove? Whatcha think? Crock-Pot Friendly?

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    1. I would think so for the crock pot... I would cook the pasta as well too, because there would not be enough liquid to cook the pasta.

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  9. Thank you for this recipe! Found it on Pinterest. It's in the oven now with a layer of cheese on top :) I like that it's versatile and I think my husband will love it. Keeper!

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  10. You must not be that overworked if you have time to create a cooking blog.

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    1. Poprock, there are a lot of who are overworked who make time to do the things that they like to do and enjoy doing and I am sure you do as well. If you don`t then you have no joy in your life. There is no need for the rude comment and you can move along somewhere else. Your childishness is not wanted here.

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    2. poprocks, you'd be surprised how much free time you'd have if you stopped wasting it by writing rude comments on peoples' blogs

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  11. Fan favorite! I made it with turkey meat & tofutti cream cheese & sour cream because of one daughter's allergies. The rest if the family couldn't tell what I did but they loved it! Thank you!

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  12. Just made this. Very good, I did add a can of black beans and had to did a bit more sour cream and cream cheese (about a tablespoon of each) to get the consistency since the beans made it a bit drier. I did use fat free CC and sour cream to keep the fat down. Even my five year old ate and asked me for the leftovers for lunch for school. Hubby went for seconds. I'd say a keeper.

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  13. This was an awesome recipe...If you want to change it up a bit a little different just add a little bacon. Bacon makes everything better :) For those of you who like bacon.

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  14. Sent my hubby to the store for ingredients and he came home with Chipotle taco seasoning on accident lol. I hate anything spicy so I didn't get to enjoy it much (though my husband loved it!). I will be making it again tonite with the called for seasoning :) I know it will be delicious!

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  15. Does the ground beef need to be drained at any point??

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  16. Just made this for dinner. My whole family loved it. We will definitely make it again.

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  17. Hoping to try it with gluten free pasta & dairy free cream cheese.

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  18. And dairy free sour cream :) looks great!

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  19. This really looks so yummy. Pasta is one of my favorite dishes because it is so versatile and can go well with almost anything. So, thank you for sharing this very interesting recipe. I am sure that other readers as well as restaurant Fort Lauderdale owners will also appreciate this. I certainly have to try it this weekend. Keep on posting, please.

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  20. This was totally yummy. It is super easy, fast and a definite addition to our menu!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Super easy and super delicious....as other commenters mentioned it would be very easy to make this lighter/healthier which makes it even better!

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