Life sure has a way of sneaking up on you: One moment you’re in your college dorm eating instant noodles for dinner and priding yourself on ‘cooking’ instead of ordering take-out and the next you’re cooking actual food for your husband and daughter and managing not to burn the house down in the process.
What can I say, apparently marriage and motherhood can turn the most accident prone, not-to-be-trusted-in-the-kitchen girl into a fairly good housewife and passable cook.
So in honour of transitioning from pouring-milk-on-cereal-totally-counts-as-cooking to hey-I’m-actually-enjoying-making-this-pasta-from-scratch, I’ve decided to start sharing a few recipes now and then because seriously people, if I can pull off these recipes, ANYONE can.
So here’s a quick little recipe that can be thrown together quickly and easily and is quite yummy to boot!
Baked Chicken Taco Pasta
- 1 cup elbow Macaroni
- 1 lb chicken mince
- 1 packet McCormick’s taco seasoning (hot or mild, depending on your preference)
- 1 capsicum
- 1 can sliced mushrooms
- 1 tsp basil
- 1 tsp oregeno
- 1 tbsp tomato paste (you can substitute tomato ketchup to give it an extra kick if you want)
- Shredded cheese
- Boil the macaroni, drain and set aside
- Heat about 1tbsp oil and add the minced chicken, fry it till it’s white then add the Mccormicks taco seasoning, Trust me this stuff is amazing!
- Mix well, then add about 1.5cups water and cook on high heat for about 5mins
- Now add the sliced capsicum and cover and cook for about 20mins (if the water starts to dry, you can always add a bit more)
- Add the mushrooms, basil, oregano and tomato paste and continue to cook till the mushrooms are cooked and the water dries
- Now stir in the boiled macaroni and mix well
- Take an oven safe glass or ceramic dish and layer the pasta evenly
- Layer the cheese on top (as much or as little as you want, though there is no such thing as too much cheese!)
- Sprinkle a little oregano on top of the cheese and you’re ready to bake!
- Bake at 400F till cheese melts and starts to brown on top
Did you like this recipe? Would you like to see more recipes on the blog or no? Comments, opinions and advice are always appreciated! 🙂