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Not Your Mama's Easy Beef Taco Casserole

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Makes: 6 to 8 servings Total Time: 50 min
Category: Dinner Entrees Sub Category: Beef Entrees

what you need
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 pkg. taco seasoning
  • 1 lb. pasta*
  • 8 oz. Breakstone's Cottage Cheese
  • 8 oz. Breakstone's Sour Cream
  • 8 oz. Kraft Taco Blend Shredded Cheese
  • Green peppers (optional)
  • Mushrooms (optional)
make it
Brown your ground beef with your chopped onion and drain. Then add your sauce, can of tomatoes, and taco seasoning. Simmer on med/low while you boil your noodles (be sure to leave them al dente) and drain.

Mix your cottage cheese, sour cream and 1/2 the package of shredded cheese into the ground beef and sauce mixture. Stir in the noodles.

Pour into 9x13 pan and top with remaining cheese. Bake about 20 minutes at 375°F till cheese is melted and serve.
Notes
*I like the spirals, if you use the veggie ones you can add extra vitamins and the kids will never know.

My family loves this!!! It can be made ahead and put in the fridge to bake at a later time, but you need to increase the baking time to heat it through.

I also sometimes add a little hot sauce or salsa to the ground beef mixture for some zing. It is great warmed up if you have any left. We usually don't!!!
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