Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells

10Jul08

When I first decided to try this recipe, my husband thought I was crazy! But he loves pasta and I love tacos, so I thought why not? I am so glad I found this recipe! Both of us absolutely love it… the cream cheese gives the meat a great flavor, and the overall dish tastes so good! We make this frequently at our house, it is easy to make and super filling!

Ingredients:
•    1 lb ground beef
•    1 envelope taco seasoning
•    1 (4 ounce) package cream cheese (I usually use 6 oz)
•    12 large pasta shells
•    1 cup salsa
•    taco sauce (optional, we don’t use)
•    1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (I have used Mexican blend cheese which works just as well)
•    1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese (or Mexican blend)
•    1 1/2 cups crushed tortilla chips
•    1 cup sour cream
•    3 green onions, chopped (optional)

Directions:

1.    Brown ground beef
2.    Add taco seasoning and prepare according to package directions.
3.    Add cream cheese ( I usually cut into cubes)
4.    Cover and simmer until cream cheese melted
5.    You can chill the meat so you can stuff the shells easier
6.    Pour salsa into the bottom of a greased 9×13 pan
7.    While the hamburger is cooking, cook the pasta and drain
8.    Fill each shell with mixture
9.    Place in bottom of pan and top with taco sauce (if using)
10.    Cover and bake at 350 for 30 minutes
11.    Uncover, sprinkle with remaining cheese and the tortilla chips
12.    Bake 15 minutes, or until heated throughout.
13.    Serve with sour cream, more salsa, or any other preferred toppings.

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