This dish is great for taco Tuesday when you want something a little different than just tacos. Okay, I really tried to type that with a straight face. Seriously, who doesn’t want tacos? This is a great meal after taco night. This is like eating tacos wrapped in some cheesy saucy pasta. I will admit, I had a hard time not just eating this straight out of the pan….it’s that good. Ground beef, tomatoes and pasta shells are simmered in a taco spiced tomato sauce with melty cheese mixed in like a hug. This is one comfort pleasing meal. I used my homemade taco seasoning that I had posted recently, but you can use the store bought kind if you prefer.
Another huge plus about this dish, is that it’s all done in one pan. It’s easy, done in about 30 minutes and clean up is a breeze.
So grab a fork….or spoon and let’s get started.
Here’s what you need:
*1 LB ground beef
*1 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes
*1 1/2 cups beef broth
*1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
*1 1/2 TBS taco seasoning or more to taste
*1/2 box pasta shells
*1 1/2 cup shredded cheese; I used a Colby Monterrey Jack blend
In a large skillet heat to medium high and brown the ground beef; drain if needed.
Turn the heat down to medium and add in the can of crushed tomatoes, beef broth, diced tomatoes and seasonings.
Stir in the pasta shells. Push shells down into the liquid. It’s ok if it’s not completely submerged
Cover and simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionally until the pasta is tender.
Stir in the cheese.
Serve and Enjoy!
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