20 Minute Taco Pasta

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20 Minute Taco Pasta is such an easy one pot recipe. This tasty dinner is made in one skillet with ground beef and Barilla Pronto Penne Pasta. It’s creamy, cheesy and full of great flavor that the whole family will love! 

20 Minute Taco Pasta is such an easy one pot recipe. This tasty dinner is made in one skillet with ground beef and Barilla Pronto Penne Pasta. It's creamy, cheesy and full of great flavor that the whole family will love!

Do you ever have nights during the week that just get away from you? We sure do. I think this is common whether you work in the home or outside of the home. Life gets crazy sometimes, especially when there are kids in the picture.

Each week, I plan our family’s dinners for the weeknights. I try to leave a decent amount of wiggle room. So while it’s not set hard-and-fast for every single day, I have a general game plan for the week and for the most part this works for us.

20 Minute Taco Pasta is such an easy one pot recipe. This tasty dinner is made in one skillet with ground beef and Barilla Pronto Penne Pasta. It's creamy, cheesy and full of great flavor that the whole family will love!

Still, there are always some nights where the day just got away from us and I can’t imagine spending a whole hour cooking. And I say this as a gal who loves cooking! On those nights we often end up ordering take out or grabbing something from a drive-thru.

As I have mentioned previously, I’m all for moderation and I try not to beat myself up for subbing in these quick meal options once in a while. That being said, the reality still stands: nothing beats a home cooked meal!

20 Minute Taco Pasta is such an easy one pot recipe. This tasty dinner is made in one skillet with ground beef and Barilla Pronto Penne Pasta. It's creamy, cheesy and full of great flavor that the whole family will love!

So I go out of my way to find and also create recipes that can come together quickly but still taste delicious for those crazy nights when I just can’t deal with making a big production out of dinner. And there are certain shortcuts that are significant in making quick but still delicious meals.

One such shortcut (and my new favorite shortcut!) is Barilla Pronto Pasta. The geniuses over at Barilla have created a pasta that allows you to create one-pot meals without having to wait for water to boil or drain the pasta! Talk about saving time in both cooking and dishes! One Pan. No Boil. No Drain. No problem!! I love you, Barilla!

20 Minute Taco Pasta is such an easy one pot recipe. This tasty dinner is made in one skillet with ground beef and Barilla Pronto Penne Pasta. It's creamy, cheesy and full of great flavor that the whole family will love!

You guys, the pasta itself literally cooks in 10 minutes, right there in the pan! I’m talking fantastic, al dente pasta that maintains its shape and texture beautifully! Barilla is definitely doing something right, so much so that this was selected for a Better Homes & Gardens Best New Product Award for 2016!

I already knew I loved Barilla products- I’ve been loving using them for years. Barilla is Italy’s number one brand of pasta; it’s an authentic Italian food brand and has no preservatives. I trust the quality that they bring to my meals, especially the wholesome, great taste!

20 Minute Taco Pasta is such an easy one pot recipe. This tasty dinner is made in one skillet with ground beef and Barilla Pronto Penne Pasta. It's creamy, cheesy and full of great flavor that the whole family will love!

So when this collaboration came about, Barilla challenged me to create a delicious one-pot meal to make for my family on these busy nights and to share with you! Natureally, I got excited and jumped right into this head first!

I initially considered doing something that is more of an authentic Italian pasta dish. But I love thinking outside of the box and so I began to brainstorm of dinners my family loves, the ones that do require a bit of work. My brain immediately went to taco night. Always a favorite in our home, but since we do our taco meat in the slow cooker, this isn’t exactly a quick meal for us, not to mention all the chopping involved.

20 Minute Taco Pasta is such an easy one pot recipe. This tasty dinner is made in one skillet with ground beef and Barilla Pronto Penne Pasta. It's creamy, cheesy and full of great flavor that the whole family will love!

I immediately knew combining taco night with pasta night would be a an excellent decision, one which was met with great enthusiasm when I was testing this dish out on my family!

This 20 Minute Taco Pasta is so quick to make (hence the name) but it doesn’t sacrifice any flavor. I went out of my way to minimize the amount of dishes to wash and to use ingredients that would pack this dish with robust flavor!

20 Minute Taco Pasta is such an easy one pot recipe. This tasty dinner is made in one skillet with ground beef and Barilla Pronto Penne Pasta. It's creamy, cheesy and full of great flavor that the whole family will love!

I love that you can easily throw everything together to cook. This was a hit with both the adults and the children in my family. Alice had so much fun pulling different ingredients from her plate and asking us to take those bites together (“now lets all take a pasta bite! How about a bean bite!”). Dinner was extra fun!20 Minute Taco Pasta is such an easy one pot recipe. This tasty dinner is made in one skillet with ground beef and Barilla Pronto Penne Pasta. It's creamy, cheesy and full of great flavor that the whole family will love! This is the ideal dish for those busy nights where you cannot imagine making a huge mess and working over the stove for an hour. I was thrilled that I got to enjoy the extra time hanging out with my family instead of cooking and cleaning up all night!

I easily found all of the ingredients at my local Walmart. The great thing is, they currently have a offer with Ibotta where you can buy any Barilla® Pronto™ pasta and earn $0.50.

20 Minute Taco Pasta is such an easy one pot recipe. This tasty dinner is made in one skillet with ground beef and Barilla Pronto Penne Pasta. It's creamy, cheesy and full of great flavor that the whole family will love!

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20 Minute Taco Pasta

20 Minute Taco Pasta is such an easy one pot recipe. This tasty dinner is made in one skillet with ground beef and Barilla Pronto Penne Pasta. It's creamy, cheesy and full of great flavor that the whole family will love!

8 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

23 minTotal Time

Yields 6 servings

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/4 cup dried minced onions
  • 1 tsp. of garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 4.5 oz can of chopped green chiles (I used mild but you can always use spicy if you want a kick!)
  • 1 8oz. can of tomato sauce
  • 1 14 oz. can of chicken broth
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • 1 14 oz. can of undrained black beans
  • 1 cup of frozen corn
  • 1 box of Barilla Pronto Penne Pasta
  • 1/2 cup + 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, divided (I used sharp but this would also be delicious with mild)
  • Optional garnishes: chopped green onions and crumbled tortilla chips

Instructions

  1. In a large saute pan, brown your ground beef over medium high heat. Use the back of your spoon to break the beef up.
  2. While it's browning add your dried minced onions, garlic powder and also add some salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Once the beef is fully browned, add your diced tomatoes, diced green chiles, tomato sauce, chicken broth, taco seasoning, black beans in their juice and frozen corn. Mix well and bring to this to a boil.
  4. Once it's boiling, stir in your box of Barilla Pronto Penne Pasta and cover. DO NOT TURN YOUR HEAT DOWN, leave it at medium high.
  5. Cook covered for 8 minutes, stirring once in a while.
  6. Once you're at the 8 minute mark, stir in 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese and then sprinkle the remaining cup of cheddar cheese over the top.
  7. Cover the pasta again and cook for 2 more minutes.
  8. Sprinkle with green onions and crumbled tortilla chips and enjoy!
Cuisine: Pasta, quick, kid-friendly, one-pan | Recipe Type: Dinner, Entree

Notes

Though I normally use low sodium products, I encourage you to use the regular products for this recipe, so as not to have to add additional salt later.

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20 Minute Taco Pasta is such an easy one pot recipe. This tasty dinner is made in one skillet with ground beef and Barilla Pronto Penne Pasta. It's creamy, cheesy and full of great flavor that the whole family will love!

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20 Comments

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    Stacey Werner - client
    January 5, 2017 at 12:24 pm I love the idea of combining taco and pasta night! This looks so delicious. Stacey Werner - client recently posted...35% Off Freshly Meal Delivery ServiceMy Profile
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      Jessy
      January 6, 2017 at 11:09 pm Thank you, Stacey- my family is full of pasta and taco fanatics so this is definitely being added to our weeknight dinner rotation!
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    Just Jo
    January 5, 2017 at 2:45 pm This is a brilliant recipe - I know exactly what you mean about not being able to spend an hour cooking every night, even for a food blogger! I love Barilla pasta too so I know this is going to fit into our week night meals perfectly. Thanks for the recipe :D
    • Reply
      Jessy
      January 6, 2017 at 11:03 pm Thanks Jo! Yeah, some nights you just need a break! I have been a loyal Barilla gal for as long as I can remember! I hope you enjoy it!
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    Veena Azmanov
    January 5, 2017 at 3:05 pm That looks like a good lunch for my family and an easy job for me. We too love Barilla here and especially Penne. Nice recipe can't wait to try. Veena Azmanov recently posted...Quick and Easy Black Bean Coconut CurryMy Profile
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      Jessy
      January 6, 2017 at 11:23 pm Thanks Veena! Penne is also a pasta-variety-of-choice in our home! I hope you enjoy this!
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    Lisa
    January 5, 2017 at 3:54 pm What a perfect family dinner! I know my kids would have loved this when they were younger...actually they still would! I'll share the recipe with my college age daughter - this would be a simple and healthy dinner for her to make that she could enjoy leftover for a few days too! Lisa recently posted...Layered Hummus Dip with Crispy Tortilla StripsMy Profile
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      Jessy
      January 6, 2017 at 11:02 pm Thank you, Lisa! I was not even a little bit sad to have leftovers- they made me look forward to lunch!
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    Andrea @ Cooking with Mamma C
    January 5, 2017 at 4:33 pm Your photos are gorgeous! I've been wanting to try Barilla Pronto and am hoping there will be a 16-ounce package available to feed my pasta-loving crew. Your recipe sounds delicious! Andrea @ Cooking with Mamma C recently posted...Apple-Mozzarella-Pecan Salad with Maple VinaigretteMy Profile
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      Jessy
      January 6, 2017 at 11:01 pm Awwww, thank you Andrea! Your crew sounds like my kind of people!
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    Diana Johnson
    January 5, 2017 at 11:01 pm The one pot meal is so genius. I love the easy clean up. But you took it a step further and made it quick. WAHOO. Thanks for testing this out. I've been skeptical whether the quicker pasta would taste good. Now we'll try it!
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      Jessy
      January 6, 2017 at 10:55 pm Thank you, Diana! I'm happy to take one for the team, especially when involves eating pasta :)
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    Steve B
    February 2, 2017 at 12:18 pm You mention 1/4 minced dried onion. 1/4 what? Cup?
    • Reply
      Jessy
      February 2, 2017 at 1:24 pm Apologies for the typo- it's 1/4 cup. Enjoy!
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    Debbie
    March 23, 2017 at 12:30 pm This looks amazing! Can I use regular pasta if I don't have the quick cook kind? Would I add it in the same way?
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      Jessy
      March 24, 2017 at 3:11 pm I haven't tried it with regular pasta- the liquid measurements were tested specifically for the quick cooking pasta. I think it's worth a try, but maybe keep and eye on it and if it seems to be drying out too much add a but more broth. Let me know how it turns out! :)
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    Debbie
    March 24, 2017 at 3:41 pm Thank you for your response. I haven't been able to find that pasta. I will try it with the other and see what happens. :-)
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      Jessy
      March 26, 2017 at 11:11 pm I'm sorry to hear that! Try Walmart-that's where I found mine.
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    Kristi
    May 12, 2017 at 12:43 am I made this for supper and it was really good. My son said he felt weird eating something that was Mexican and had pasta in it but he said it was good! I skipped the black beans as my family doesn't like them. I put the tomatoes in the mini chopper, my son doesn't like tomato chunks. I used 2 cans of tomatoes with the green chilies for 20 ounces, increased the tomato sauce to 2 cans. I didn't have the recommended pasta and just used regular pasta. Had to wait longer for it to cook, but it still tasted great!
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      Jessy
      May 12, 2017 at 8:53 am I'm so glad to hear you liked it! I totally see where your son was coming from. It took a little convincing to get my husband on board with the idea but once he tasted it, he was sold! Thanks for sharing your variations- I'll have to try them :)

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