This is an interpretation of a dish I saw at Carrie in the Kitchen (originally at About a Bit of Everything). It’s SO tasty, but rather unphotogenic — as I suppose a lot of casseroles are.
Regardless, you should try this. Just, you know, don’t sign it up for a food modeling contest.
Taco pasta bake
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/4 cup taco seasoning
- 3/4 cup water
- 8 ounces cream cheese, cubed
- 8 ounces dried pasta
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese
- 1 can Ro*tel
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Cook pasta in salted water for two minutes less than lowest time recommendation on box (e.g. if “cook 7 minutes for al dente” then cook yours for 5 minutes); drain
- Brown ground beef and drain any grease; add water and taco seasoning, stir, and let simmer uncovered 5-10 minutes; stir in cream cheese, cooked pasta and RO*TEL
- Spoon into greased casserole dish and top with mozzarella cheese; bake for 20 minutes or so until cheese is bubbly and starting to brown around the edges
Bonus: this freezes like a dream! Make two and freeze one covered in a layer of plastic wrap then a layer of foil — just remember to remove the plastic wrap before baking!
I looked around at a lot of different taco sauce recipes and none of them seemed exactly right to me, so I kind of cobbled together my own according to what I had on hand. Very tasty!
- 1 small can tomato sauce (8 oz)
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 1 1/2 tsp. cumin
- 1 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- 2 Tbsp. white vinegar
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. sugar
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
- Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for 15 minutes or so until all the flavors get to know each other pretty well
- Store in fridge, cute jar label optional.
This was such a quick and easy weeknight meal! And a light one too, which I love in the summer. Or spring. Whatever — it’s hot enough to be glow-inducing during the day already, so it sure feels like summer to me.
For this I made two cups of sushi rice in the rice maker:
And steamed two cups of broccoli, then sprinkled on some lemon juice:
And The Yankee grilled some teriyaki-marinated chicken:
Then we layered all that in bowls and added a bit of soy sauce. A la peanut butter sandwiches! Super easy fake-out take-out, minus the MSG headache.
What are your favorite summer meals when it feels too hot to eat?