1st recipe on my list down...Taco Pasta

Can you tell how excited I am to try new recipes!! Well, it didn't take more than few hours from my morning post till I tried my first one; Taco Pasta. It is a very simple and quick dish that my family enjoyed today along with lentil soup and Spinach Tabooleh. I got the recipe from a blog which I love,  I made few simple adaptations to it. Here it is
Taco Pasta
Adapted from the-girl-who-ate-everything

300 g ground beef or lamb
1 1/2 packages medium pasta shells or other small dry pasta shapes
1 small onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
1 small can crushed tomatoes
1 packet (4 tablespoons) taco seasoning ( I make my own; I shall post the recipe for you later)
1/2 package 227 g cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream (It is too expensive here so I use very thick yogurt; Zabadi)
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Salt and pepper

Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook pasta according to the package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water. Set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet or sauté pan, cook the ground meat over medium-high heat until no longer pink. A few minutes before the meat is cooked through, add the chopped onion to the skillet. Once the meat is cooked through, mix in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add in the green peppers and cooke for another 2 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes and taco seasoning and let simmer over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes.

Stir in the cream cheese, sour cream (Zabadi) and reserved pasta water, and continue stirring until the cream cheese is melted and the sauce is well blended. Add in the drained pasta and season with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer over medium-low heat 3-5 minutes to reduce the sauce a bit if it is still too thin.

Toss in the cilantro right before serving for some fresh color and flavor. Serve with a your favourite salad.

I had lots of spinach on hand and I didn't want it to go to waste...so we had a lentil soup with spinach ..yum on such a cold day (I might have some later for dinner :) ) and Spinach Tabooleh!!


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