Baked Chicken Taco Pasta, because I Can!

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

You’ll need:

  • 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

Method:

  • 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

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  • 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!

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  • Bake at 400F till cheese melts and starts to brown on top
  • Enjoy!

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Yummy..

Did you like this recipe? Would you like to see more recipes on the blog or no? Comments, opinions and advice are always appreciated! 🙂

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16 thoughts on “Baked Chicken Taco Pasta, because I Can!

  1. This looks really good. And I enjoy reading my favorite bloggers’ favorite recipes – keep it up!

    Cooking, cooking, cooking. I’m heartily sick of constantly trying to figure out what to shop for and what to prepare for the infinite permutations of people who are likely to be in our house at any given time. Always a vegan (GRRRRR – that’s my sound of annoyance and frustration), for two weeks we had one with a liquids-only diet, sometimes a Celiac, sometimes extra normal eaters around the table. It’s a logic puzzle. I’m missing the days of five people with normal eating habits around the table for every meal, but those days are long gone.

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    1. Thank you 🙂
      I don’t know how I would deal with anyone with non-normal eating habits at my table 😓 I can manage normal but vegan? The worst I’ve dealt with is vegetarian and that’s more or less normal these days 😝

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      1. My vegan does, at least, plan and cook meals for herself. But she’s constantly cooking and grubbing up the kitchen. I would be a much happier person if I didn’t have to smell kale, chard, onions, peppers, and tofu being sauteed together first thing in the morning for something she thinks is breakfast. Bleh!

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  2. That looks good! I totally went the opposite direction. I was the main cook for my family growing up because my mom came home one day when I was about 11 and said, “I work all day long and I’ll be damned if I’m going to come home and cook too.” And it became my job. So I cooked for my family growing up then for my own family (husbands and kids), then for various roommates. And suddenly, around age 45 I’d say… I said, “I don’t want to cook anymore.” And now pouring milk on granola totally counts as cooking. My current husband is cool with that, he likes to eat out. ^_^

    But your recipe looks good.

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      1. It’s also really hard to find recipes for two, and my hubs doesn’t eat leftovers. Most recipes out there serve 4 to 6 people. It’s become something of a challenge to find, and shop, for meals that will only serve the two of us. Think about it, if your recipe calls for one whole green pepper (capsicum) and I make it just to serve two that leaves me with a lot of green pepper left to either use quickly or lose. Not a great example because green peppers can be frozen, but there’s stuff that can’t.

        Neither of us are big eaters to begin with and he absolutely will not eat leftovers — he is a product of his upbringing, and they didn’t do leftovers in his house growing up. I mean, I’ll eat leftovers, but I don’t like eating the same thing for three days (if a recipe serves four, and we eat two servings, that’s two more servings I need to eat later… blah). And not everything freezes well. So the first year we were married we wasted a lot of food, and I didn’t like that at all. Now we eat a lot of take out or it’s processed food that can be made by the serving. Plus, I really did get tired of cooking. So there’s that. ^_^

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      2. Hahaha! My husband didn’t eat leftovers willingly either in the beginning but I’ve managed to get him to grudgingly accept the idea that I ain’t cooking every single day so leftovers isn’t poison! Lol.. But yes, finding recipes for two isn’t easy..

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      3. Hahaha! Yes probably! I think having an arranged marriage helped me in that regard: we love each other but there was still a bit of formality in the relationship in the beginning so you can’t be too stubborn :p Theoretically, I can complain to his parents if he’s being ‘unreasonable’ and they will give him hell because with arranged marriages the in-laws are responsible for the daughter in laws happiness 😝

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