Queso Taco Pasta Bake

I found this recipe on another food blog.

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup mild salsa
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (we used garlic powder)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 10 ounces of canned tomatoes (I am not sure if this was exactly what the original recipe was calling for, because it said mild. Ours aren’t labelled like that, but we used one that had some seasoning in it)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin (didn’t use)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 3/4 pound small pasta of your choice
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9×13 inch oven dish with cooking spray.

2. Place butter into a medium saucepan over medium heat. When melted, whisk in flour, salt and pepper for 30 seconds until bubbly. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth until smooth. Increase heat to high while whisking until thickened, 3-5 minutes. Stir in cheese and salsa. Turn off heat and set aside.

3. Place olive oil in medium skillet over medium heat. Sauté onions until softened, 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute. Add ground beef, salt and pepper, cooking until browned. Drain fat if necessary. Add tomatoes, cumin (if using) and lime juice. Stir to combine.

4. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.

5. In a large pot, combine the cheese sauce, beef mixture and pasta. Season to taste. Transfer to prepared baking dish and top with remaining cheese. Bake 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Queso Taco Bake

Verdict: This was a tasty meal but, weirdly, didn’t have that much of a cheesy taste under the top layer.

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