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taco pasta garnished with chopped parsley in a bowl with a fork
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5 from 3 votes

Taco Pasta

This taco pasta recipe combines all the delicious things: chewy pasta, Mexican-spiced ground beef, a creamy tomato-based sauce, and wholesome veggies. Plus, it is super easy to make and ready in only 30 minutes!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican-Inspired
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 722kcal

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces pasta of choice can be gluten-free
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into dices
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper more to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 ¾ cups tomato passata
  • ¾ cups vegan cashew Alfredo sauce
  • ¼ cup pasta water
  • parsley (optional) for garnish

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Save some pasta water. Then drain and set aside.
    10 ounces pasta of choice
  • Preheat some olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Then sauté the onion, garlic, and ground beef until browned.
    1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, 1 yellow onion, 2 garlic cloves, 1 pound ground beef
  • Now add the bell pepper and tomatoes. Sauté until the vegetables start to soften.
    1 red bell pepper, 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • Add the tomato paste and spices to the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Then sauté for 2 minutes.
    1 tablespoon tomato paste, 1 tablespoon paprika powder, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, ½ teaspoon dried oregano, ¼ - ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, salt and pepper
  • Next, add the tomato passata, vegan Alfredo sauce, and pasta water. Stir until everything is combined.
    1 ¾ cups tomato passata, ¾ cups vegan cashew Alfredo sauce, ¼ cup pasta water
  • Transfer the cooked pasta to the pan and toss. Garnish with parsley (optional) and enjoy!
    parsley (optional)

Notes

  • Spices: You can substitute the spices with taco seasoning if that's easier for you.
  • Heat level: If you don't mind a little heat, you can use ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper. Use less if you prefer a milder sauce.
  • Nutritional yeast: If you want the sauce to be cheesy, add 1-2 extra tablespoons of nutritional yeast to the vegan Alfredo sauce. The sauce tastes great as is but keep this in mind and adjust it to your taste!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 722kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 358mg | Potassium: 1159mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 2323IU | Vitamin C: 61mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 7mg