Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tuesday's Taco Pasta

Being creative with my own recipes is not quite my thing yet...SO another Pinterest Supper! This was so quick and easy, you will love it! I decided to add a kick with some salsa - definitely a great choice!!

Thank you, Overworked Super Mom

Taco Pasta

1 pound ground beef
8-12 ounces medium pasta shells
1 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
14 oz. diced tomatoes - I used Ro-Tel with Green Peppers
1 packet taco seasoning
3 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Salt and Pepper
Salsa of your choice

Bring a large pot of water (about 4-6 quarts) to a boil. Cook Pasta Shells, see package descriptions.  Drain, reserve 1/2 cup of water and set aside.

While pasta is cooking, in a large skillet and medium heat, cook the ground beef and onions.

 Add in tomatoes, garlic and taco seasoning and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Depending on how strong you want the taco flavor, you may not want the entire taco seasoning packet - maybe 1/4 - 1/2. 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 and salsa right before serving for some fresh color and flavor, if desired.

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