Taco Pasta Bake

September 24, 2014
Cheesy, pasta with a taco twist that makes a great weeknight meal..

Taco Pasta Bake
OK. Pasta.  Let me ask ya..how many times a week do you/your family eat it?  We are currently at about six thousand times a week.  It's eaten alot at our house. Alot.

Let's say almost too much. With the kids being home for lunch now, we eat it even more.  All types, sizes, shapes, and with a variety of sauces.  I have a few stubborn kids picky eaters who only want to eat pasta, no matter what we are having for dinner.

The age old question at my house..are you making noodles for dinner? *sigh*  Have you been there?  Please, tell me you have.

Taco Pasta Bake

With all this noodle-eatin' going around, it's necessary to try and think up new dishes to satisfy both parties. Noodles for my picky eaters and something other than just noodles for the rest of us.  

This dish is a winner at our table.  It's got your noodles, some cheese, some salsa and ground turkey.  A little bit for everybody and is a great dish to whip up on a weeknight.  It's also great to make ahead, toss in your fridge/freezer and bake up when you are ready.  

Add a veggie and a side of nacho chips and you dinner is served!

Taco Pasta Bake

by Table for Seven
Prep Time: 00:20
Cook Time: 00:25
Ingredients (Serves: 4-5)
  • 1 lb ground turkey (beef or chicken will also work)
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 cups dry pasta
  • 2-3 cups shredded Monterrey jack cheese
  • salt/pepper, to taste preference
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease/spray 8 in baking dish lightly.
Prepare pasta according to box instructions, drain and set aside.
In a skillet, brown ground turkey with salt/pepper until no longer pink. Stir in salsa and let it simmer for 5 minutes or so.
Layer cooked pasta on bottom of baking dish, then, layer meat, then, cheese, Repeat layers.
Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly.
Serve topped with lettuce, sour cream, salsa, tomatoes, if desired.

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