Thanks to Canadian Moms Cook for the recipe!
1lb. ground beef
1/2 bag of medium-large pasta (I used penne)
1 packet of taco seasoning (or approx. 1/4 cup)
1 cup water
4oz. cream cheese (1/2 box)
1 1/2-2 cup shredded cheese (Like always I used Kirkland Three Cheese Mexican Blend but you can use whatever you have in the fridge)
Preheat oven to 350°
Brown ground beef and drain fat.
While ground beef is cooking, cook pasta 2 minutes short of al dente (about 4-6 minutes). You don't want to over cook pasta since you will be baking it in the oven.
After you drain the fat off the ground beef add taco seasoning and water and let simmer for 3-4 minutes.
After 3 or 4 minutes add 1/2 of cream cheese to beef mixture and stir to mix.
**It's best if the cream cheese is room temperature because it'll be easier to mix. A quick way to soften cream cheese is place it in between two pieces of wax paper and then with a rolling pin, or your hand, smash until soft.
Drain pasta and rinse with cold water. In a seperate large bowl mix pasta with rest of cream cheese and 1 cup shredded cheese.
Add ground beef to pasta mixture and stir to combine.
Pour into a greased casserole dish and top with remaining shredded cheese.
Bake for 30 minutes.
I served mine with black beans but I might add those into the bake next time and serve with Mexican Rice.