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I’m super excited to be starting a new little feature here at Taste and Tell. If you are a regular reader here, you will know that I love Rachael Ray, and I make her recipes quite often. Well, the other day, I started thinking, and I decided that I’m going to have one day a week that is dedicated to Rachael Ray recipes. And the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I want all of you to share the Rachael Ray recipes you are making as well!! So starting today, I’m going to be doing “Saturdays with Rachael Ray.” And I’m adding a Mr. Linky to the bottom of the post so you can play along, too! But here are the rules.

  • Your recipe needs to be posted today to be included in the Mr. Linky. I realize that I probably won’t have anyone add today, since this is the first time I’m doing this. But hopefully, some of you will play along next Saturday, and every Saturday after that!! It doesn’t have to be something new, but the post has to have today’s date on it. So if you want to go on your blog and repost a Rachael Ray recipe that you’ve made in the past, feel free!
  • You must link back to this post.
  • You don’t have to have a food blog – any blog will do!
  • The link must go directly to the Rachael Ray post, not to your main page.

I’m really excited, and I hope that there are a few other Rachael Ray lovers out there that want to post along with me. And maybe we’ll all convert a few other people along the way!

And now to this recipe. This one is a keeper! I know that just about everyone loves taco night. So whenever I see a taco themed recipe, I always want to try it! This was as good as I was hoping for. A great twist on your normal taco night! The original recipe called for penne pasta, but I just used what I had on hand. In fact, this is a great recipe for those nights when you are scrambling, because I’m sure these ingredients are ones you usually have on hand!

Taco Pasta Toss
from Every Day with Rachael Ray March 2010

Serves 4

total time: 30 minutes

salt and pepper
1 pound pasta
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 pound ground beef sirloin
1 large onion, chopped
1 large jalepeno, halved, seeded if desired, and thinly sliced crosswise
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
2 cups shredded cheddar, monterey jack, or any Mexican semisoft cheese
2 small plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/4 head iceberg lettuce or 1/2 small heart of romaine lettuce, chopped

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and return to the pot.

While the pasta is working, in a large skillet, heat the EVOO, 1 turn of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the beef and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Add three-quarters of the onion, the jalapeño, garlic, chili powder, coriander and cumin; season with salt and pepper. Cook until the onion is softened, 6 to 7 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste for 1 minute, then stir in the stock.

Add the sauce to the pasta and toss. Spoon into a serving dish, top with the cheese and tent with foil to melt the cheese, about 1 minute. Top with the remaining onion, the tomatoes and lettuce— just like tacos!

Want to play along and share your Rachael Ray Saturday?? Fill out the Mr. Linky, or check out other’s submissions!

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11 Responses to Saturdays with Rachael Ray – Taco Pasta Toss

  1. Joanne says:

    I love to use Rach's recipes as jumping off points for my own dinners. They are always so quick and easy!

    Anything taco-based sounds good to me! Mexican food is a personal favorite and this looks quite delicious.

  2. Kim says:

    Taco Pasta Toss sounds delicious to me!
    Great idea to have a Rachel Ray Day. I'm looking forward to checking out all the yummy recipes:D

  3. Madeline says:

    Love your idea! Every meal is a Rachael Ray meal in my house…. No one believes me, but I swear it is true.

    Thanks for starting such a fun feature.

  4. Julie says:

    We love tacos, and this looks like a great way to change things up a bit. Yum!

  5. grace says:

    sometimes rachael's recipes excite me, and this is one of those times. what a great dish–kudos to both of ya! :)

  6. Barbara says:

    That sounds like fun…and although I am not a Rachael Ray fan, I look forward to reading about everyone else's recipes!

    The taco/pasta toss looks wonderful! And the pasta looks like whole wheat too. Which I much prefer for its nuttiness!

  7. A Feast for the Eyes says:

    Rachael Ray gets a bad rap, and she doesn't completely deserve it. I have several of her recipes posted, that are on my regular rotation. I just don't like her talk show at all, because she's over-the-top for me. BUT, she does teach people that you don't need processed food, or packaged mixes to whip up something fast. I'd love to play along, and thanks for doing this. How recent does a RR recipe have to be on our blogs?
    Oh, I almost forgot. I think this is a clever way to get tacos with pasta. I'd definitely want to make this one.

  8. Chef Aimee says:

    This sounds good – I would make it with turkey! Thanks for sharing! :)

  9. teresa says:

    oh this is a fun idea, i have a rr book that really needs to get used. the pasta looks great!

  10. Sophie says:

    Very cool idea! :)

    I am always, and I mean always, running out of ideas about what to do with ground meat. I'm saving this recipe.

  11. Becky says:

    Yummo. Made this last night for supper, with a couple tweaks.

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