Thursday, December 17, 2009

Taco Pasta Bake

This is another one of those meals that can be filed in the "tastes much better than it looks" category. I'd been eyeing this casserole for months and finally got around to making it one night a couple of weeks ago. I was planning to freeze half, but after I got it assembled it looked so delicious that I just baked the whole thing. And I'm glad I did -- this worked great as leftovers, and we got two more meals out of it. Next time I may add some green chilies and onion to the beef mixture and some fresh cilantro to the pasta layer to add a little more flavor, but other than that I wouldn't change a thing. This was a delicious, comforting meal, plain and simple.

Taco Pasta Bake
source: adapted from Lemons & Love

1 pound short pasta

1 pound ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning
15 ounces tomato sauce
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup sour cream
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1. Prepare pasta according to directions on box. Drain.

2. Meanwhile, brown ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat; drain. Add taco seasoning and tomato sauce. Simmer over low heat for 10 minutes.

3. Mix softened cream cheese and sour cream in separate bowl. Add to drained pasta and stir to combine.

4. Spray bottom of a 9 x 13 pan. Spread pasta in pan. Top with meat mixture and shredded cheese.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes before serving.

8 comments:

Sonya said...

Oh YUM! I know I can make this one..bookmarked! It is hard to make casseroles look appealing in a photo..lol I ahve to say though, that you did a great job with yours!

Keri said...

Sounds delicious! I can't wait to try this. Hope this week is going better for you:-)!

Debbie said...

Looks like my kind of dish. Just great Cassie!

Deborah said...

Usually the ones that taste the best don't look very good! This would go over well in my house.

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Jess said...

I make this too!! I use Onion & Chive Cream Cheese though, and its tastes AMAZING! I also just layer it, kinda like lasagna; noodles, sour cream/cheese mixture, then meat. Then the shredded cheese! It is OH SO YUMMY!!

Cheese with Noodles said...

Okay, this is one of those recipes that I can just look at and tell is amazing. Why haven't I thought of it before?! Making this casserole ASAP, my husband loves casseroles and will be in heaven!

Cheese with Noodles said...

Okay, I kind of made this for dinner tonight! Made my own taco seasoning which I also added to the cream cheese mixture, and I used a big can of pinto beans instead of the meat. Served it with salad and melon. We really liked it and it couldn't be easier! Definitely a repeat :D