When preparing meals at home, you have the advantage of controlling portion sizes. This promotes mindful eating and helps maintain a balanced diet.
This Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells recipe not only caters to your taste buds but also aligns with budget-conscious and health-conscious lifestyles. It’s a delicious, cost-effective, and nutritious option for those looking to enjoy homemade meals without breaking the bank.
This recipe can be easily customized to meet specific dietary needs. For example, you can opt for whole-grain pasta for added fiber or use ground turkey as a leaner protein alternative.
To recreate this scrumptious dish, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Mild chunky salsa
- Ground beef
- Sharp cheddar cheese
- Jumbo pasta shells
- Taco seasoning
- Chicken bouillon
1. Preparing the Pasta Shells
Start by boiling water in a pot and seasoning it with salt and chicken bouillon. Once it reaches a boil, add the jumbo pasta shells and cook for approximately seven minutes. Remember to drain the water and set the pasta aside.
2. Cooking the Ground Beef
In a skillet, drizzle about a tablespoon of olive oil and add the ground beef. Cook the beef until it’s no longer pink, and then discard any excess water. Now, add the salsa and taco seasoning to the skillet. Stir well to combine. Optionally, you can add a handful of cheddar cheese at this stage.
3. Stuffing the Pasta Shells
Preheat your oven and oil your baking dish. Grab a spoon and start stuffing the cooked pasta shells with the flavorful beef and salsa mixture. Sprinkle additional cheddar cheese on top.
4. Baking to Perfection
Bake the stuffed pasta shells in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the cheese turns ooey-gooey and irresistible.
5. Garnish and Enjoy
Once out of the oven, garnish your creation with fresh parsley. Now, it’s time to savor the most inexpensive and delicious dinner ever.