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Cheesy Taco Pasta

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This Cheesy Taco Pasta is ready in just 20 minutes for either an easy weeknight dinner or quick lunchbox idea for the whole week. The pasta could be served warm in a lunchbox thermos or cold. Tip: keep avocado separate in the lunchbox if serving warm and add before eating!

Nutrition Tip: Just one serving of lean beef provides protein, iron, and zinc, 3 nutrients that are often lacking in the diet of children and teens.

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Cheesy Taco Pasta

Cheesy Taco Pasta

This Cheesy Taco Pasta is ready in just 20 minutes for either an easy weeknight dinner or quick lunchbox idea for the whole week. The pasta could be served warm in a lunchbox thermos or cold. Tip: keep avocado separate in the lunchbox if serving warm and add before eating!

Yield: 6 sevings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups medium pasta shells
  • 1/4 cup chipotle Ranch dressing
  • 3/4 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons homemade taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup Pero Family Farms® mini sweet pepper rings
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1 cup quartered grape tomatoes
  • 1 cup Monterrey-Jack cheese cubes

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Mix drained pasta and dressing in large bowl.
  2. Heat skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef and cook 5-7 minutes, or until cooked through. Drain and mix with taco seasoning.
  3. Add ground beef, peppers, avocado, tomatoes and cheese and green onions to pasta. Mix well.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 362Total Fat: 10gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 254mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 23g

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Amanda Keefer

About the Author

Amanda Keefer

Amanda’s marketing, public relations and community outreach experience spans 20 years. She is the mom of two girls and two boxer dogs. You can hear her as the host of the Healthy Family Project podcast, find her cooking alongside her girls in videos on the Produce for Kids Instagram feed or spot her out volunteering with her family. When not in the office, Amanda can be found with her family on the tennis courts or at the dance studio.

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