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Cheese and meat and pasta. Nothing is more comforting and delicious! When I saw this dish, I knew it was something I was going to have to try. It’s almost reminiscent of hamburger helper, but sooooo much better! And yes, I am almost ashamed to admit that I’m a fan of hamburger helper. It was a great food to help me get through college along with easy mac! 🙂

This pasta dish is so easy to make, and such simple ingredients! I usually have all the ingredients on hand, so it works out perfectly for me as a quick weeknight meal. Or just whenever I feel like a creamy, comforting dinner. And who would have thought to add cream cheese to pasta and meat! I love cream cheese so much, so it’s like this dish was made for me! Hehe. It has become a regular dish I now make, and I highly recommend trying it for yourself!Creamy Taco Mac

1 pound ground beef
1 pound small dried pasta (such as macaroni or shells)
1 can (14.5 oz) petite diced or diced tomatoes
4 tablespoons mild taco seasoning
3 ounces cream cheese
½ cup sour cream
Freshly ground pepper and salt
Cheddar cheese (optional)

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook pasta per directions. Reserve one cup of pasta water.

Over medium heat, brown ground beef until browned and no longer pink. Add taco seasoning and diced tomatoes; simmer over low heat for 5 minutes. Add cream cheese and sour cream and mix until melted and fully incorporated. Add the cooked pasta and reserved pasta water and mix thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately and top off with cheddar cheese, if desired.

Source: Adapted from Delish

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