Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Taco-Stuffed Pasta Shells

Taco-Stuffed Pasta Shells

Can't decide if you want to cook Mexican or Italian food tonight?? Try this delicious blend of both!!


* 16 jumbo pasta shells
* 1 pound ground beef
* 1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
* 1 cup water
* 1 (16 ounce) can refried beans
* 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
* 1 (16 ounce) jar salsa, divided
* 1/4 cup sliced green onion (optional)
* 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
* 1/2 cup sour cream (optional)


1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Stir in the shell pasta, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, until just slightly firm to the bite, about 13 minutes. Drain well.
2. Brown the ground beef in a large skillet; drain fat. Stir in the taco seasoning and water; cook over low heat until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir the refried beans and 3/4 cup Cheddar cheese into the taco meat. Spoon meat mixture into prepared pasta shells.
3. Spoon 1/4 cup salsa over the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Arrange filled shells over salsa. Spoon remaining salsa over shells.
4. Bake at 350 F for 40 minutes. Remove from oven. If desired, sprinkle with sliced green onion, additional shredded Cheddar cheese, and sour cream.

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