You’ve found a new family favorite with this Queso con Carne Casserole or Nacho Pasta. It’s has delicious cheese, spicy meat, tortilla chips, cheese, and PASTA!
This was amazing. Like, I can’t get enough amazing and can’t wait to make it again amazing. It had all the delicious flavors I had hoped with a little kick from the canned tomatoes. Choose wisely. Spicy? Mild? Medium? The secret in the canned tomatoes.
We’ve been binge watching Vikings.
Have you seen this show? It’s a bit on the strange side, sometimes. Especially when they have the spiritual episodes. The hubs is like, “What in the world?” I’m like, “WOW!”
Cause, I have Viking ancestors don’t ya know? Yup! Mom’s sides has Swedish and Norwegian peeps on it. That’s where I get most of my looks from, anyway. I don’t look like my Dad’s side all that much. I have my moments, but not often.
Mom’s genes are more prevalent in my appearance. I’ve even been likened to Russian. Granted the Norwegian part is from the WAY FAR NORTH part of Norway. Like, on the border of Norway and Russia. So, it only makes sense.
Yes. This is a chain of thought post. How didja know?
So, this week I’m teleworking today and part of Friday. My continued training of the ONE person that works with me on the monthly close continues. I hope to get her up to speed for the most part on the consolidation. At least that’s what we call it. We roll up three accounting registers into one report. What would you call it?
This is all in a vain attempt to be able to take time off without having to look at a calendar and worry if it’s a close time of the month or not. I mean, most NORMAL people don’t look at a calendar to see if it’s possible to take time off. Like next month. I have asked for one day. One day and I will still take my laptop with me on my travels.
We had a meeting about my performance work plan this week. I continue to be an exemplar employee and hope to be able to pawn off some grunt work and work on more upper echelon type items like financial analysis and reporting. It will become essential when we receive appropriated funding. I forgot to ask about that. But there’s a bunch of upper level peeps that are pushing for us to have funding in the 2016 budget. *fingers crossed*
I said this was chain of thought, right?
This all ties to Vikings. You see, next month I’m asking for one day so that S and I can travel to Minnesota to visit with Mom and her cousins that live in Minneapolis. It happens to be a day where we will more than likely have to report for the August month close. You see!? My brain does work. I asked for more help during my PWP this week for the close process. They agree that I should concentrate on more upper level budget items.
It all comes full circle, right?
Right back to this delicious Queso Con Carne Casserole recipe!!
On the most busy of nights, you can quickly boil up pasta, brown some meat, and have this casserole on the table in no time at all!!
And I’m not kidding when I say that this is your new family fave! That is, unless your family doesn’t like nachos. This has all the delicious flavors of nachos with a tortilla chip crust in a simple, easy to make casserole.
Ya see? No matter what’s going on at work, I can simply escape to my kitchen and make a delicious meal like this Queso con Carne Casserole that makes it all just vanish!
- 1 cup thinly sliced onion
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 2 tablespoons Fajita seasoning
- 8 ounces rigatoni or other short pasta
- 4 ounces 2% Velveeta cheese
- 10 ounces canned tomatoes with green chiles
- 1/2 cup fat free half and half
- 1 cup fat free cheddar cheese, divided
- 1 1/2 cup crushed tortilla chips
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions omitting the salt and fat.
- While the pasta is cooking, brown the meat. Heat a large skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté 1 to 2 minutes or until they begin to soften. Crumble in the ground turkey and cook until browned. Add the fajita seasoning, stirring to coat.
- In a microwave safe bowl, heat the Velveeta, cream, and canned tomatoes 2 minutes. Stir and then heat an additional 2 minutes. Continue stirring and heating until the cheese is completely melted. Add the 1/2 cup cheddar cheese and stir until melted.
- Place the cooked pasta in a large mixing bowl. Pour the cheese sauce over the pasta, add the browned meat, and stir well to coat completely.
- Pour into a prepared 9 by 13 casserole dish coated with cooking spray. Combine the remaining cheddar with the tortilla chips and sprinkle over the top of the casserole. Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubble and the cheese is melted. Cool slightly before serving with some fresh salsa.