Today I have for you: comfort food in a cast iron skillet. It’s simple, it’s quick, it’s delicious. It’s Simple Skillet Taco Pasta.
First, a word about Cast Iron Skillets. I highly recommend that we all have one (or two). Mine takes the place of what used to be Teflon in my kitchen. Cast iron is crazy healthier to cook with and when oiled or buttered well, it is delightfully non-stick. I use mine at least twice every day – for eggs, for meat, for dishes like this Skillet Taco Pasta. (This one is the Cast Iron Skillet I recommend.)
So back to this new, simple recipe. (More Simple Recipes here.)
How nice is it that this entire dish can be made in one big skillet? Obviously, you will get out salad makings and steam a vegetable to go with this. Obviously. But that will be easy and take a look at how easy this main dish recipe is:
Simple Skillet Taco Pasta
- 1 pound hamburger meat
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 16-ounces salsa
- 1½ cups water
- 8-ounces whole grain pasta, any shape (gluten free works great too!)
- 8-ounces shredded cheddar or Colby jack cheese
- In a large skillet, brown hamburger meat until no longer pink.
- Drain excess grease if necessary.
- Season meat with salt, pepper, chili powder, and garlic powder.
- Stir in salsa, water, and pasta. Bring to a boil.
- Turn down heat to simmer, cover and cook for about 10 minutes or until pasta is tender.
- Turn off heat, sprinkle cheese over the mixture in the skillet, and put the lid on for 2 minutes to melt the cheese.
This recipe has been a huge hit with my family. Leftovers (if there are any) taste even better because of all the yummy flavors settling in to the pasta and meat.
This meal is practically effortless. Clean-up is a piece of cake (though not literally, bummer for that). And if you need this dish to be gluten free, simply use your favorite GF pasta.
Tell me how much you love cast iron. Do you use it often at your house? Need a Cast Iron Skillet?
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