I'll apologize up front for no picture today. Whitney made this for Bible study last night, I got some before she walked out the door with it and it was gone when she got home...hungry teens and all. It was really good though and super easy to make. Another alternative for Taco Tuesday.
Taco Pasta Bake
1/2 box of large pasta (ziti or rigatoni are good)
1 lb. ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 package of taco seasoning (or the equivalent amount of homemade)
1 c water
4 oz. cream cheese
1 1/2 c shredded cheddar or Mexican blend shredded cheese
Cook pasta until just done, drain, and quickly rinse. Meanwhile, brown ground beef and onion. Mix together the taco seasoning and water and pour over the cooked meat. Let simmer about 5 minutes. Add the cream cheese, stir until melted and combined. Put the pasta into a 9x13 dish and stir in 1 cup of cheese. Top with the meat mixture and stir carefully until the pasta is coated. Top with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese. Bake at 350* for about 30 minutes. You may want to cover it in the beginning to prevent drying out.
I found this recipe on Pinterest, from this blog.