Taco Pasta

Lately it’s been an all out drag down fight to get my kids to eat dinner.

The last three meals have ended in a score of
 Parents 0 – Minions 3

I gave up. I told my husband, “I think I’m boycotting cooking dinner this week.”

But then I came across this pasta. Taco Pasta. Two of my kid’s favorite things in one dinner. Sure to be a hit.

The other tip for success is to make sure your kids are starving. Or if you don’t have kids make sure your husband is starving ;) Usually as I’m making dinner, the kids are ambushing the refrigerator without me looking (no wonder they never eat). But this time my husband had them outside in the hot tub for a pre-dinner swim.

Dinner was silent. Everyone was busy eating. It was fabulous. And my barely two-year-old ate more than my husband and I put together. My oldest son said that the pasta shells looked and tasted like miniature tacos.

This meal comes together really quickly and doesn’t require the oven so it doesn’t heat up your house.

Parents 1 – Minions 3
Taco Pasta easy dinner mexican

Taco Pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 8-12 ounces medium pasta shells or other small dry pasta shapes
  • 1 small onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (14 oz.) can diced tomatoes with mild green chilies, drained (if making this for kids you might want to use just plain diced tomatoes)
  • 1 packet (4 tablespoons) taco seasoning
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook pasta according to the package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet or sauté pan, cook the ground meat over medium-high heat until no longer pink. A few minutes before the meat is cooked through, add the chopped onion to the skillet. Once the meat is cooked through, mix in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add in the diced tomatoes and taco seasoning and let simmer over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the cooked pasta, cream cheese, sour cream and reserved pasta water, and continue stirring until the cream cheese is melted and the sauce is well blended. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer over medium-low heat 3-5 minutes to reduce the sauce a bit if it is still too thin.
  4. Toss in the cilantro right before serving for some fresh color and flavor. Serve with a green salad.

Notes

slightly adapted from Fake Ginger

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