This Taco Pasta Skillet holds a very special place in our hearts: it’s almost like a member of the family, and I am pretty sure all my husband’s siblings can make it from memory. His siblings can, but he probably can’t, since I tend to make it for him, lol! I let that slide, though, because he washes the dishes! 🙂
This taco pasta holds such a dear place in our hearts because my husband’s Mom invented the recipe! Being a single parent to nine (yes, I said NINE) children was lots of work and expense, so out of her resourcefulness, this recipe was born. To her surprise, it became -and remains- the ultimate family favorite!
I am posting this Taco Pasta recipe (which we lovingly call “Taco Noodles”) as a small tribute to my wonderful Mother-in-law, who went to be with Jesus long before any of us were ready. Her birthday (and her youngest daughter’s) is coming up September 11th, so this week seemed particularly appropriate for making this memorial. As we remember her life, despite our tears, we are joyful in our memories and are thankful for the time we spent with her. We can’t help but be thankful, as well, for the many lessons she taught us, one of which was how to make the best out of what you have.
My hope for this post is not to leave you feeling sad, but to give you a new and easy recipe for your family to enjoy together! Be encouraged in knowing that the things you do matter and will be remembered by the ones you love long after you’re gone -no matter how insignificant or unheeded you feel they are at the time!
Taco Pasta Skillet
For this recipe, you will need:
12oz uncooked pasta
1lb ground beef or turkey
14oz can tomato sauce
10oz can beef or turkey gravy
2-3 Tablespoons taco seasoning (depending on your preference)
6-8oz shredded cheddar or taco cheese
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions. Brown the ground meat in a large skillet over medium heat. Once cooked through, add in the tomato sauce, gravy, and taco seasoning, then stir.
Drain the cooked noodles and mix into the sauce. Top with cheese cover and turn down the heat. Let sit a minute, so the cheese will melt! We love to top ours with sour cream and salsa, too! Mmm-mmm, you are ready to eat! 🙂
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