Thursday, December 27, 2012

Quick Cheesy Mexican Bake

I love to cook!  I especially enjoy cooking when I am on a break from school.  I don't like to feel rushed.  When working, cooking can be a challenge to fix something quick, simple, and yet delicious for my family.  Plus, with 3 kids in college and 1 nearly out of high school, our money has to be stretched A LOT!  I've been searching for quick, simple, delicious, AND inexpensive meals for our family.  While I've found a few, I just haven't found something that I wanted to cook.  Hahaha!  I guess I'm picky!  While I had time off today, I came up with the following recipe.  It is all the things I've been looking for!  Enjoy!
Quick Cheesy Mexican Bake

1-2 pounds of ground beef (could substitute ground venison)
1 small onion
Ground Cumin
Ground Coriander
Chili Powder
Red Pepper Flakes
Chipotle Rub/Seasoning
1 package cream cheese
About 2 cups shredded cheese (I used Mexican blend.  Could use cheddar.)
Barilla Ditalini (Could substitute any small pasta)
Cook pasta according to directions on box.  Meanwhile, brown ground beef with the small onion.  Add seasonings.  I didn’t put amounts because I just eye them to how I think my family will like it.  Stir in cream cheese to beef mixture.  When pasta and beef are cooked, mix together.  Stir in about 1 cup of the cheese.  Pour into a baking dish.  Sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the top.  Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.

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