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Taco Filled Pasta


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Why I Love This Recipe

My two favorite dishes in one. I found this recipe online awhile back and have tweeked to fit our needs. It's one of our favorites.


Ingredients You'll Need

2 lbs ground beef
1/8 cup taco seasoning mix
1 (8 ounce) package fat free cream cheese, softened
24 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
1 cup salsa (optional)
1 cup taco sauce
1 cup kraft fat-free cheddar cheese, shredded
1 1/2 cups baked corn tortilla chips, crushed (or about 15-20 chips)


Directions

In a skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add taco seasoning and prepare according to directions Add cream cheese; cover and simmer for 5-10 minutes or until melted, stirring occasionally.


Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate for 1 hour. Cook pasta according to directions.


Drain and toss with butter (a couple of teaspoons to keep the shells from sticking). Fill each shell with about 3 tablespoons of meat mixture.


Place 12 shells in a greased 9" square pan; cover and freeze for up to 3 months. To prepare unfrozen shells: spoon salsa into a greased 9" square pan.


Top with shells and taco sauce.


Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.


Uncover and sprinkle with cheese and chips; bake 15 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.


Serve with sour cream and onions. To prepare frozen shells: Thaw for 24 hours and cook as above.


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