Love for Food + Tomato

Taco Pasta

There is something comforting about Mexican food like tacos, nachos, and burritos. In order to switch things up and attempt to make it a little more healthy I made tacos into a pasta dish. The trick to making it healthy is to use low fat everything including the ground beef and whole wheat pasta. This is a very hearty and filling dish with 20 grams of protein for only 10 points!

* Recipe adapted from the blog Overworked Supermom.
Ingredients: Serves Six

1 pound lean ground beef
12 ounces whole wheat pasta
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (14 oz.) can diced tomatoes, drained
1 packet (4 tablespoons) taco seasoning
3 ounces fat free cream cheese
1/2 cup fat free sour cream
1/4 cup chopped cilantro (optional)
Salt and pepper

Method:

  • Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook pasta according to the package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet pan, cook the ground meat and onions over medium-high heat. Add in the diced tomatoes, garlic and taco seasoning and let simmer over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes.
  • Stir in the cooked pasta, cream cheese, sour cream and remaining pasta water. Continue stirring until the cream cheese is melted and the sauce is well blended. Simmer for a few minutes over medium heat to reduce the sauce, if needed.
  • Toss in the cilantro right before serving for some fresh color and flavor, if desired.
Cost: $8.95 total, $1.50 per serving
Time: 40 minutes active
Nutrition Facts: Amount Per Serving
Calories 359.0
Total Fat 24.9 g
Total Carbohydrate 12.3 g
Dietary Fiber 1.2 g
Protein 20.7 g
Weight Watchers Points Plus:10 points per serving

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