Thursday, October 17, 2013

Cheesy Taco Pasta

     THIS. Omg, this... This is TOTAL comfort food. It's like this tasty dish jumps out of the pan, goes to the kitchen, pours you a cup of hot cocoa, sits you in front a lit fireplace, and snuggles you. That kind of comfort food. And it is insanely delicious. Creamy and cheesy with just a hint of spice. Oh, did I mention that it is a fairly healthy recipe? Cuz it totally is! You can eat this bad boy and not feel guilty in the least! Not that you should ever feel guilty about eating food, but well, you know what I mean. Right? Riiiight? Yeeeah, you know what's up. Let's dive right in!

Comfort food, healthier comfort food
  • 10 oz whole wheat pasta (shells or elbow mac) 
  • 1 lb lean ground beef  (or lean/extra lean ground turkey breast)
  • 1.5 oz packet reduced sodium taco seasoning 
  • 1 and 1/2 c chunky salsa 
  • 1/2 c water 
  • 1 small can of diced green chilies, drained of any liquid
  • 1/3 c light (or fat free) sour cream 
  • 1 c shredded mexican blend cheese plus a little extra to top it with 
  • Salt & pepper to taste
1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. 
2. While pasta is cooking, cook up your ground beef in a large pan over medium-high heat, breaking it up as it cooks. When it's cooked through, drain any grease from pan. 
3. Add the taco seasoning, salsa and water and reduce heat to simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes or so until pasta is done cooking. 
4. When pasta is done, drain pasta and add it to the beef mixture. Add the chilies, sour cream, cheese, salt and pepper and stir to combine til cheese is melted. 
5. Remove from heat, top with a little extra cheese, and serve immediately.

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