Pasta Tacos!

I love carbs. Bad carbs. Chips, pasta, cookies, CUPCAKES, enchiladas, ummm…bread, muffins, pizza, I could go on for days. It’s no secret that all of these things are horrible for the waistline. Buuut, sometimes you just need comfort food. So this my friends, is a recipe that’s no good for the waistline but oh so delicious. It combines two of my favorite foods. Pasta. And tacos. Pasta tacos!

Here’s a little photo montage:

And here’s how you can make this waistline un-friendly, deliciously-delectable dinner:

1 1/4 lbs. ground beef (you could use turkey)
3 oz. cream cheese
1.25 oz pkg. taco seasoning (or you can use your own mix)
1 tablespoon Cholula
18-20 jumbo pasta shells
1 cup taco sauce (I use hot, but medium or mild will work too.)
2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
Salsa, sour cream, diced tomatoes, olives, shredded lettuce, whatever toppings you’d normally like on tacos.

-Brown ground beef in a large skillet until no longer pink.
-Mix in cream cheese, seasoning & Cholula. Allow to simmer for a few minutes.
-Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta shells until al dente, drain.
-Fill shells with ground beef mixture and place in 9×13 inch pan sprayed with cooking spray.
-Pour taco sauce over shells.
-Cover with foil, bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
-Remove foil and cover pasta with cheese. Bake for an additional 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.
-Top as desired and enjoy!

FYI- This stuff is even better the next day!

Today the hubs and I met some friends for brunch and drinks. Heavy on the drinks. This left me slightly hungover at 8pm. I watched some of the Super Bowl (okay, really just the halftime show) and then finally got around to watching “Crazy, Stupid, Love”. I really liked the movie’s honesty and didn’t mind seeing Ryan Gosling shirtless either. My slight “hungoverness” had me mad craving popsicles so when I returned our Redbox movies (we watched The Hangover 2 last night), I grabbed a box of pops. Sometimes a popsicle is just soooo good!

What did you think of Madonna’s performance at the Super Bowl? How about the commercials?

I liked that she didn’t keep the spotlight to herself, I totes dug the cameos by Nicki Minaj and Cee-Lo. I LOVED that she ended with “Like a Prayer”, my fave song evah! Other than that, it was kinda lackluster in my humble opinion. I didn’t see many commercials but it sounds like the M&M one was an all-around favorite.

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