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Nacho pasta

1 hour
6 servings
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This five-star recipe for nacho pasta has lean ground beef, beans and cheese—all the best nacho toppings! Serve with a large side salad to round out the meal.

  • Ingredients
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Ingredients

1lb uncooked pasta (any short shape will work)
cooking spray
1 onion, diced
2 bell peppers, seeds removed and diced
1lb 95% lean ground beef
1 tsp chili powder
1½ tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder    
½ tsp salt
½ tsp garlic powder    
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp oregano
⅛ tsp crushed red pepper, or to taste
¼ tsp black pepper, or to taste
1 (15oz) can pinto beans    
4oz low-fat cheddar cheese, divided
1 (10oz) can diced tomatoes with green chiles, divided
½ cup chopped scallions

Method

  1. Preheat oven 350°F. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions, drain and set aside.
  2. Spray a large pot with cooking spray and sauté the onions and bell peppers until softened. Add the ground beef to the pan and cook until browned, draining off any excess fat.
  3. Add the spices and seasonings to 1 cup of water and pour the seasoned water over the ground meat and simmer. Mash the beans roughly with a fork and add to ground beef, along with half the cheese.
  4. Spray a 9 x 13in pan with cooking spray. Spread half of the diced tomatoes with green chiles over the bottom of the pan.
  5. Spread the drained pasta over the sauce. Spread the ground meat mixture over the pasta.
  6. Pour the remaining diced tomatoes with green chiles over the top and sprinkle with green onions and the remaining half of the cheese.
  7. Cover and bake for 35-40 minutes.

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