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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!

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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 teaspoon low-sodium 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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Amber Gray

About the Author

Amber Gray

Amber is the new mom to a baby girl and navigating the world of diapers, first foods and very little sleep. She has been a part of the Produce for Kids team for 9 years, overseeing all digital marketing efforts including digital partnerships, content strategy, social media, website and email marketing. A passion for healthy cooking was instilled in her at a young age, cooking alongside her mom and sister in the kitchen. Her passion for cooking, food and photography has also brought her behind the lens to develop and photograph recipes for Produce for Kids and partners.

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