Creamy Taco Pasta Bake

Tonight, we tried another recipe from Full Bellies Make Happy Kids.  You can find her recipe at Full Bellies Make Happy Kids - Creamy Taco Pasta Bake.  I altered it, just a tiny bit to fit what we had here and it was a total success.

Creamy Taco Pasta Bake


1 lb ground beef
1 can rotel, undrained
1 packet taco seasoning
1 brick of cream cheese (8 oz)
1 lb penne or any other pasta you choose
shredded mozzarella cheese (I used about a big handful)
provolone cheese slices


Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package.
Brown the ground beef.  When done, drain add the taco seasoning and rotel.  Stir well and let simmer for about 2 minutes.
Add the cream cheese and stir constantly until it's all melted.  It helps to cut the cream cheese into small cubes.
Add the cooked pasta and about 1 cup of the pasta water.  Mix well and add the mozzarella cheese.
Preheat the oven to 450.
Put the pasta hamburger mixture into a baking dish and cover the top with the provolone cheese slices.
Bake for about 5 minutes or until the cheese is all melted.


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