Cheesy Pasta Taco Casserole

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I love pasta and I love taco’s so I thought, why not combine the two? This is one of the tastiest casseroles I have ever created! I seasoned the ground beef with taco seasoning and combined it with the rest of the ingredients. Top it off with Mexican cheese that is melted under the broiler and garnished with fresh tomatoes, sliced olives and fresh parsley.

 

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Ingredients – Plus sliced black olives

and freshly diced tomato for garnish.

 

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In a large pot boil pasta according

to package directions.

 

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Drain and return to the

hot pot and keep warm.

 

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In a large frying pan over medium

heat cook the ground beef until no pink

remains and discard the grease.

 

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Add the taco seasoning

and the salt then mix well.

 

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Add the Rotel and tomato sauce.

Turn heat to a simmer and

simmer for 5 minutes.

Preheat the broiler.

 

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Add the ground beef mixture to the pasta.

 

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Toss mixing well.

 

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Spray a 4 quart oven safe

dish with cooking oil.

 

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Add the pasta mixture.

 

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Top with the cheese.

 

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Place under the broiler just

until the cheese melts.

 

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Top with freshly diced tomato,

sliced black olives and fresh parsley.

Optional: You can drizzle taco sauce over the top if you want.

 

Cheesy Pasta Taco Casserole

  • Difficulty: intermediate
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Ingredients

  • 1# penne pasta
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1# ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp. taco seasoning
  • 16 oz. tomato sauce
  • 1 – 10 oz. can Rotel tomatoes (diced tomatoes with green chilis)
  • 1-2 cups shredded Mexican cheese
  • 6 black olives
  • 1 small tomato
  • fresh parsley
  • taco sauce, optional

Directions

  1. In a large pot boil the pasta according to the package directions.
  2. Drain, return to the hot pot and keep warm.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, in a large frying pan over medium heat cook the ground beef until no longer pink. Discard the grease.
  4. Add the salt and taco seasoning to the ground beef and mix well.
  5. Add the Rotel and tomato sauce and stir.
  6. Turn to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Preheat the broiler.
  8. Add the ground beef mixture to the pasta and toss well.
  9. Spray a 4 quart oven safe dish with cooking oil.
  10. Pour the pasta mixture into the dish.
  11. Top with cheese and broil just until cheese melts.
  12. Top off with a freshly diced tomato, sliced black olives and fresh parsley.

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Categories: Casseroles, Ground Beef, Pasta

43 Comments »

  1. I’m definitely going to try this! Looks delicious. I have one quick questions which will reveal my complete lack of culinary skills: When you add the taco seasoning, do you also add water as called for on the taco seasoning packet? Yep, complete novice here (Said with flushed cheeks and head held low. 😉 ).

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