Thursday, July 4, 2013

Not Exactly Fourth of July Fare

I realize that today is traditionally the largest barbecuing day of the year in America, but I just had to share this delicious recipe.  A few years ago, one of my students told me that his favorite thing to cook (and eat) was taco spaghetti.  I balked at first, but the more he told me about it, the more it sounded like something I'd definitely try.  (Eating is the one area of my life in which I'm adventurous.)  Just a few days ago, I was trolling around on Pinterest, and that same guy had pinned the recipe for taco spaghetti.  I bought the ingredients and cooked it the very next evening... and my family inhaled it!  My daughter even said, "You HAVE TO make this again, Mom."  Check out the ingredients below, and if you're as intrigued as I was, give it a try!  It's definitely going to be a staple in my house now, as it's super easy to make, as well.
Taco Spaghetti
adapted from Better Homes and Gardens, Cooking for Today Pasta
makes 6 servings
per serving: 438 calories, 36g protein, 42g carbs, 21g fat 
Ingredients:
5 oz. dried spaghetti, broken
1 lb. ground beef (or turkey)
1 large onion, chopped
3/4 cup water
2 tbsp. taco seasoning mix
11 oz. can whole kernel corn, drained (I used hominy instead.)
1 cup sliced pitted black olives
1 cup colby jack or cheddar, shredded
1/2 cup salsa
Optional:  shredded lettuce
tortilla chips
tomato
sour cream 
Directions:
1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. In a 12-inch skillet, cook beef and onion until meat is brown. Drain fat.
    Stir in water and taco seasoning. Bring to a boil; reduce heat.
    Simmer uncovered for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    Stir in cooked pasta, corn, olives, half of the cheese, and salsa.
3. Transfer mixture to lightly greased 2-quart round casserole.
    Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until heated through.
    Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake until melted.
4. Serve with lettuce, tortilla chips, tomatoes, or sour cream, if desired.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Independence Day, however you choose to celebrate it, and that no one's animals end up as traumatized as mine will be by the end of the night from the illegal fireworks and gunfire.

2 comments:

  1. Oooh, that does sound good (and easy)!

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  2. Thanks for the wonderful recipe share. I don't think we are going to have any noise tonight. It's been raining all day, and it's still going strong!

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