Friday, September 11, 2009

Taco Pasta Casserole

Taco Pasta Casserole

1 lb lean ground beef
1 pkt taco seasoning mix
1 Tbs butter
1 large onion, chopped
1 large green pepper, chopped
1 large box shell pasta
2 cans stewed tomatoes
1 jar chunky salsa
2 cups cheddar cheese, grated

1 In a large skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef and drain excess liquid. Add taco seasoning spices as directed on the package, and stir to blend; reserve.
2 In the same skillet, sauté onions and green pepper (if desired) in 1 tablespoon butter until tender.
3 Meanwhile, cook pasta as directed on the package and drain.
4 In a 9-inch by 13-inch baking pan, spoon stewed tomatoes into the bottom of pan to cover. Layer remaining ingredients in the following order: pasta, ground beef and taco seasoning combination, salsa, and cheese.
5 Repeat layering process until dish is full, making sure to finish the top layer with cheddar cheese.
6 Bake in a pre-heated 400-F degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for about 5 minutes. Serve warm.

Servings: 6

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