This is a recipe that I came up with on the spur of the moment. My family, especially my 2-year-old, loved it! Very kid-friendly. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream and shredded lettuce, if desired.
This is even better than you could ever think it is! I love the creamy cheesy layer between the pasta and the taco meat mixture. The corn and crunchy chips on the top add great texture. All I can think is that this will be my new go-to casserole to take to friends and prepare for my family. I loved, loved, loved it!
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound ground beef
1 (1.25-ounce) package taco seasoning
1 (10-ounce can) Ro*Tel® Mild Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
1 tablespoon tomato paste
8 ounces spaghetti
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 Roma tomato, diced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and cook until beef has browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; stir in taco seasoning. Drain excess fat.
Stir in Ro*Tel®, tomato paste, spaghetti, and 3 cups water. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through about 13-16 minutes.
Remove from heat and top with cheeses. Cover until melted, about 2 minutes.
Serve immediately, garnished with tomato and cilantro, if desired.
Nutrition Facts: Servings Per Container 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories 582.3 | Calories from Fat 235.8 | Total Fat 26.2g | Saturated Fat 11.1g | Trans Fat 0g | Cholesterol 83.2mg | Sodium 1282.2mg | Total Carbohydrate 51.8g | Dietary Fiber 4.5g | Sugars 6.2g | Protein 33.1g
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