Taco pasta casserole

Yield: 6 To 8

Measure Ingredient
1 pounds Lean Ground Beef
1 pack Taco Seasoning Mix
1 tablespoon Butter
1 large Onion; chopped
1 large Green Pepper; chopped, (optional)
1 large Box Shell Pasta
2 cans Stewed Tomatoes
1 Jar Chunky Salsa
2 cups Cheddar Cheese; grated

At the end of each month, The Cook and Kitchen Staff select some of the best recipes sent to Recipe-a-Day and post them to the entire membership.

Today's offering is from Recipe-a-Day member "Wisecd." It will make a fantastic addition to your casserole files.

You may elect to vary the flavor of this recipe by utilizing different green peppers. Although the bell pepper is the most common pepper used in many recipes, try a little roasted poblano or diced jalapeno pepper to heat it up a little bit!

Thank you to all Recipe-a-Day members that took the time to send in a recipe. We're just sorry we won't have an opportunity to publish them all! In a large skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef and drain excess liquid. Add taco seasoning spices as directed on the package, blend, and reserve.

In the same skillet, sauté onions and peppers (if desired) in 1 tablespoon butter until tender.

Meanwhile, cook pasta as directed on the package and drain.

In a 9-inch by 13-inch baking pan, spoon stewed tomatoes into the bottom of pan to cover. Layer remaining ingredients in the following order: pasta, ground beef and taco seasoning, salsa, and cheese. Repeat layering process until dish is full, making sure to finish the top layer with cheddar cheese.

Bake in a pre-heated 400-F degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for about 5 minutes. Serve warm.

Posted to dailyrecipe@... by Recipe-a-Day <recipe-a-day@...> on May 29, 1998

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