How to Make Cheesy Taco Pasta Bake

Treat your taste buds to a fiesta of flavor with this cheesy taco pasta bake. It's the best of both worlds - zesty tacos and comforting pasta - coming together in cheesy, savory, comfort food  perfection. This delicious taco casserole is a budget-friendly meal that's quick and easy, customizable, and makes excellent leftovers.

– pasta (large shells, penne, or fusilli) – ground meat (turkey, chicken, or beef) – yellow onion – garlic  – taco seasoning  – chunky salsa, medium or mild – shredded cheddar cheese or Mexican blend cheese

Recipe Ingredients

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9"x13" baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

Recipe Instructions

Over high heat, bring a large pot of (salted) water to a boil. Add pasta and cook 2 minutes less than package instructions, stirring occasionally to prevent the noodles from sticking together. After pasta is cooked, set aside ¾ cup of pasta water and drain the pasta.

Recipe Instructions

Spray a large frying pan with non-stick  cooking spray and place over medium heat. Cook the ground meat with onion and garlic, using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to break up meat as it cooks. Cook until meat is no longer pink. Drain fat from the pan and return it to the heat.

Recipe Instructions

Add the taco seasoning, pasta water, and salsa. Stir to combine and bring the mixture to a low boil. Reduce the  heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.

Recipe Instructions

Add cooked pasta and 1 ½ cups of shredded cheese, and mix well. Transfer the mixture to prepared baking dish and sprinkle remaining ½ cup of cheese on top. Bake uncovered for 20 to 25  minutes, until golden and bubbly. Garnish with your preferred toppings and serve immediately.

Recipe Instructions


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