July 9, 2012

Taco Pasta

Recipe from Life as a Lofthouse

1 pound Lean Ground Beef
8-12 ounces small Pasta shells ( I used Elbow)
1 small  Onion, chopped
1 clove Garlic, minced
1 (14 oz) can Diced Tomatoes, drained
4 Tablespoons Taco Seasoning
3 ounces Cream Cheese
1/2 cup Sour Cream
Salt and Pepper
1.  Cook ground beef and chopped onion over medium-high heat.  Cook until no longer pink.  Drain.
2.  Add minced garlic, cook and stir for about 30 seconds.
3.  Stir in can of diced tomatoes and taco seasoning.  Let simmer over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
4.  Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water.
5.  Stir cooked pasta into beef mixture.  Stir in cream cheese, sour cream and 1/2 cup pasta water.
6.  Cook and stir until cream cheese is melted and sauce is well blended.
7.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.
8.  Simmer over low heat for another 5 minutes.
9.  Enjoy!

The verdict? It was good, but dry.  I think I added too much pasta.  I had a 32 oz box and it calls for 8-12 so I just eye balled it.  Next time I will add a little less pasta and a little more water.  It was still good though.  Tyler and I drizzled a little bit of taco sauce over it, which was really good.  We had a ton of leftovers and I ate it for lunch the next day and two nights for a late night snack :)  And Kyla liked it too, but she likes anything with noodles!

I'm starting to save recipes that can be frozen for when the baby comes.  I've never done this before though so is this something I can freeze?  I wasn't sure with the cream cheese and sour cream in it?  It is definitely something we would like to just heat up though and have for dinner.

1 comment:

  1. The cream cheese will be fine. I have never had good luck freezing casseroles with sour cream. You could always freeze the rest and add the sour cream when you heat it up. I like to freeze meals in gallon size ziplock bags. You flatten them out and they take up very little freezer space and thaw quickly.

    You could not drain the tomatoes, that would give you more moisture.