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One Pot Taco Pasta

One Pot Taco Pasta

30 MIN

Nothing beats taco or pasta night, unless it’s taco pasta night. This One Pot Taco Pasta begins and ends with one pan (which ups your odds of convincing someone else to do the dishes). Saute ground beef (or turkey) along with a couple cups of veg, then cook the whole wheat pasta right in the sauce and finish with a little cheese and fresh cilantro.

Ingredients
  • 1 lb lean ground beef (or turkey)
  • 2 bell peppers (any color), diced
  • 1/2 large red onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 1 oz taco seasoning packet
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 3 cups uncooked whole wheat rotini (8 oz)
  • 1 cup finely shredded Mexican-style cheese
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped cilantro 
  • Salt 
Directions

In a large, deep, 12-inch skillet or dutch oven (with lid), brown and crumble ground beef over medium heat until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Drain.

Add diced bell peppers and onion and saute for 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and taco seasoning and cook 1 minute more.

Next, pour in the beef broth and salsa and bring mixture to a simmer. Once simmering, add the uncooked pasta and give it a good stir to coat. Using the back of spoon, press the pasta into the sauce. Cover the pan, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring once halfway through. When the pasta is tender, turn off heat and stir in the cheese and cilantro. Check for seasoning and add salt to taste. 

Serves 4. 

Meal Prep Tips

Up to 3 days in advance: Dice bell peppers and onions and store them (together is fine) tightly covered in the fridge until ready to cook. 

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