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Taco Pasta {A Family Favorite}

Thursday, June 20, 2013

I was going to start off this post with something along the lines of "Italian food and Mexican food are my two favorites", but then I started thinking about barbecue, yummy sandwiches, and the list goes on.  So, scratch that...I just love food.

Why would I say anything about Italian and Mexican food?  Well, today I bring you one of our favorite meals, which happens to combine the two: Taco Pasta.  It may sound a little strange, but this dish is divine!  The first time I made it, we were so in love that I made it weekly.  I have since branched out and made it a little less often, but it still is one of our top go-to recipes for dinner. 

Here's how to make it:


 Ingredients:
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  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 3/4 package of tube pasta (I use gobetti)
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • 1 C. of water
  • 4 oz. (1/2 of a block) of cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheese (I use cheddar/jack)
Directions:
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. While pasta is cooking, brown the ground beef in a skillet. 
  3. Once the ground beef is browned, add in water and taco seasoning.  Simmer for 5 minutes until the sauce is thickened and reduced a bit.  Then, add in the cream cheese and stir occasionally until melted.
    I know this looks gross, but its soooo good.
  4. Drain the pasta and pour it into a 8x8" baking dish.  Add in half (3/4 C.) of the shredded cheese and mix together.
  5. Add the ground beef mixture to the pasta and stir to combine thoroughly.
  6. Top with the remaining shredded cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!
Hope you love this recipe as much as we do!
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27 Responses to “Taco Pasta {A Family Favorite}”

  1. This looks incredible and although I know it would cause me major indigestion I still want to try it. :D

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    1. Thank you! And I hope that if you do make it you like it (and don't get indigestion)! :)

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  3. Great twist! Thanks for joining us at the Let's Get Social Sunday party. Have a wonderful week :) Diane @MamalDiane

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    1. Thanks Diane! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  4. This looks so GOOD! Have to try it soon.
    Thank you very much for linking up with us today! ;)

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    1. Thank you Stephany for hosting! Hope you do try it, it's one of my favorites :)

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  5. This sounds great! Thanks for linking up at Good Tastes Tuesday! Hope to see you again next week!

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  6. Taco seasoning is great and so versatile, I have made taco burgers, taco meat loaf just to name a few. Thanks for sharing on Tuesdays With a Twist.

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    1. Yum! Taco burgers sound great! Thank you!

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  7. What a great idea! :) I can see why this is a family favorite!! Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!

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    1. Thank you! :) I am heading back now to see what else has been linked up!

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  8. This looks really good. I wouldn't have thought of adding cream cheese to something like this, but I can see it would really add to the texture and flavor. Thanks for the recipe.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, the cream cheese makes the sauce so yummy! :)

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  9. Dropping by from whatcha whipped up! I love Mexican and I love pasta!

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  10. YUM!!! Found you at Whatcha Whipped Up

    Lori
    Lori's Culinary Creations

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  11. I know some little ones who would love this!! Will return to pin later! Thanks for linking with us this weekend at one Sharendipity Place!

    Sue @thet2women.com

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  12. looks yummy! Just pinned it, I'll let you know how it goes whenever I make it!
    -Lauren!

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    1. Thank you! And yes, please do! :)

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  13. This looks pretty good. I'll have to try it out soon. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!

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  14. Do you serve any side dishes with this?

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