Weeknight Taco Pasta

AuthorKathleen GloverCategory, , DifficultyBeginner

Some days all you want is a big bowl of hot and cheesy comfort food. That's exactly what Weeknight Taco Pasta is all about. Using ingredients you already probably have in your pantry, you can whip this up in under half an hour. The beauty of this recipe is not only that it takes under half an hour to make, but that you can really customize it to fit whatever you have in your kitchen. Throwing in some jalapenos, different cheeses, or beans instead of ground beef are all ways to make this recipe your own! 

Yields4 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time25 mins

Ingredients:
 ½ lb pasta shells
 1 lb ground beef
 2 tbsp vegetable oil
 ½ onion, diced
 1 tsp garlic powder
 1 packet taco seasoning
 1 tsp cayenne pepper
 ¾ cup water
 1 cup your favorite jarred salsa
 ½ cup tomato sauce
 1 tbsp oregano
 1 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
 Parmesan cheese to garnish
 salt
 pepper

Directions:
1

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook your pasta according to the directions on the box and drain.

2

Meanwhile, in a pan, heat vegetable oil and sauté the onion until translucent. Then add the ground beef to the pan and cook until browned. Season with garlic powder and cayenne pepper.

3

Next, add the taco seasoning and water. Mix everything together and cook until the water evaporates, then add tomato sauce and salsa.

4

Remove the pan from heat and add the pasta to the meat mixture, and stir until combined. Stir in the oregano and cheese, letting the residual heat gently melt the cheese.

5

Serve warm with additional cheese on top.

Ingredients

Ingredients:
 ½ lb pasta shells
 1 lb ground beef
 2 tbsp vegetable oil
 ½ onion, diced
 1 tsp garlic powder
 1 packet taco seasoning
 1 tsp cayenne pepper
 ¾ cup water
 1 cup your favorite jarred salsa
 ½ cup tomato sauce
 1 tbsp oregano
 1 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
 Parmesan cheese to garnish
 salt
 pepper

Directions

Directions:
1

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook your pasta according to the directions on the box and drain.

2

Meanwhile, in a pan, heat vegetable oil and sauté the onion until translucent. Then add the ground beef to the pan and cook until browned. Season with garlic powder and cayenne pepper.

3

Next, add the taco seasoning and water. Mix everything together and cook until the water evaporates, then add tomato sauce and salsa.

4

Remove the pan from heat and add the pasta to the meat mixture, and stir until combined. Stir in the oregano and cheese, letting the residual heat gently melt the cheese.

5

Serve warm with additional cheese on top.

Weeknight Taco Pasta

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