Tuesday, February 02, 2010

My New Thing - Week 4

This week might be completely dull and un-exciting to most, well, it really is compared to the past couple of weeks but hey, it's my life.

We have Taco Tuesday every week, and honestly, trying to come up with a way to make it different isn't always easy when you've maxed out, beef, chicken, and fish, or hard and soft, so I decided to seek an alternative and it was a definite win...

Without further ado, My New Thing for this week...

Tacos in Pasta Shells

12 ounces dried jumbo shell pasta
2 6-oz jars salsa
2 1/2 pounds of ground beef
6 ounces of cream cheese
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (6 ounces)
chopped tomato (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain again.

2. Meanwhile, divide about 1-cup of the salsa between two ungreased 2-quart rectangular baking dishes, spreading evenly. Set aside. In an extra-large skillet, cook ground meat over medium heat until brown. Drain fat. Stir in cream cheese and chili powder, cool slightly.

3. Spoon meat mixture into cooked pasta shells. Arrange filled shells on top of salsa in dishes. Tips with remaining salsa.

4. Bake, covered, for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes more or until heated through. If desired, sprinkle with tomato. Makes 12 servings.

And don't be shy, add sour cream, black beans, or any thing you like with your tacos, it's a great recipe for being creative!

It's super easy and super yummy!!

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Marie said...

That sounds really yummy! The kiddos liked this too?

Tara said...

Will be on next month's rotation for sure. Fabulous!