Another recipe that was a hit in our house this week…I think it might have something to do with the fact that we ate a lot of noodles/pasta this week. Why is it that my kids will eat just about anything that has noodles of some sort with it?

1 lb extra lean ground beef, chicken or turkey
2 tbsp taco seasoning
3/4 cup water
4 cups dry pasta
1 cup fresh tomatoes, chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
2 cups cheddar, shredded
2 large handfuls of tortilla chips
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Brown the ground beef in a pan. Add the taco seasoning and water, and simmer over medium heat until most of the water evaporated (about 10 minutes). Meanwhile, boil the pasta in a large pot of salted water until al dente.

Drain the pasta when done and combine the pasta, beef mixture, and tomatoes in a large casserole dish and set it aside.

For the cheese sauce, combine the olive oil and flour in a medium sauce pan, stirring over medium heat until it began to bubble. Add the milk and stir with a whisk over medium/high heat until it comes to a boil and has thickened. Remove from heat and stir in cheddar.

Pour the cheese sauce over the pasta.

For the topping, crush tortillas chips and combine them with the parmesan in a small bowl and sprinkle the topping over the tacoroni. Bake in the oven until the topping is golden and gorgeous, about 30-35 minutes.

Did I change anything? The only thing I would change for next time is to add a little more taco seasoning to give it a little more flavor.

What did the family think? Everyone went back for seconds and my oldest even went back for thirds. Let me just say, that our youngest NEVER has seconds of anything unless it’s chocolate, pizza or meatballs, so I am very happy to say he liked it.

from Family Feedbag

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