Before I talk about this to die for dish, I want to say thank you to everyone for your comments on my brisket failure yesterday. I so appreciate all the tips and ideas. It's so wonderful to be able to post about something that didn't turn out as planned and not get laughed at! Instead I got encouragement and some really good ideas. So many that I'm even considering making this again...and that was not the case when I wrote out the post Sunday night! So, thank you to all who piped up yesterday.. your help and ideas are greatly appreciated!
I have found heaven in a bowl...would you like to join me? OMG this pasta was fantastic! Another find from Annie's Eats...she's got some extremely decadent ideas over there, you gotta go check it out!
Honestly, I think the pictures sort of speak for themselves. Look at that creamy texture...the beefy goodness...mmmmmm... this is just a good, comforting meal. It's definitely not for the people who are watching their weight, but if you are looking for perfect comfort food for a cold fall/winter night that won't break the bank and will satisfy everyone in the family... you have got to try this. Add a salad along side it if it makes you feel healthier. Though, I believe a good piece (or two) of crusty warm bread is the better compliment to this meal....but that's just me!
Creamy Taco Mac
Adapted from Annie's Eats
1 lb. 90% lean ground beef
8oz elbow macaroni
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 shallot, finely diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 (14oz) can of diced tomatoes, partially drained
4 Tablespoons taco seasoning (find homemade recipe here)
3 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream
salt and pepper
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta water.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the shallots and saute for 3 minutes. Add the ground beef and cook until the meat is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Mix in the diced tomatoes and taco seasoning and let simmer over medium low heat for about 5 minutes. Stir in the cream cheese and sour cream; mix until smooth. Let simmer 1 minute. Add the pasta and toss to coat. If the sauce is too thick, thin it out with the reserved pasta water. Season with salt and pepper. Enjoy!