Cooking my way to happiness with Rachael Ray

Taco Pasta Toss

Happiness today came from adding two favorite foods together and having something new for dinner.  Tonights Rachael Ray dinner is a cross between tacos and pasta, very kid friendly and super easy to make.  I would say its a keeper….download it at

All the ingredients are simple and probably already in your kitchen. 

First bring salted water to a boil for the whole wheat penne pasta.

While the penne is cooking, brown some ground sirloin in a skillet with some EVOO.  I used ground turkey (beach vacation is coming soon).  After it is browned, add chopped onion, 4 cloves garlic, chili powder, coriander, cumin, s&p and a jalapeno, which I had to skip because of kids…someday I will get to add it.  Cook until the onions are tender then stir in tomato paste until it is aramatic.  Then add in some beer ( I think I forgot that part, oops).

Add the sauce to the pasta and toss.  To serve sprinkle with monteray jack cheese, lettuce and tomatoes.  I would even add salsa and sour cream.

Love love love it!!!!  Super easy to cook and clean up.  Perfect 10’s all around and small miracle happened today.  Most everynight I ask my kids what the best part of the day was for them and usually never get an answer or I have to drag it out, tonight everyone answered without much complaint.  Savor the food and the small sweet moments with your kids.


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