Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Fiesta Shells & Cheese

I came across this recipe from a fun blog.  It always has cute craft ideas, recipes, etc. When I saw this recipe I immediately thought, "Yum! I have everything."  So we gave it a try and it is better then what I thought.

Fiesta Shells & Cheese
1 pound hamburger 
1 package taco seasoning
1 can Rotel tomatoes with green chilies 
2 cups beef broth 
1 cup shell pasta

Cheese Sauce:
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoon flour
3/4 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Brown and drain hamburger meat. Stir in taco seasoning, tomatoes, beef broth, and macaroni. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat and cover pan. Simmer 12-14 minutes until macaroni is tender.

While this is simmering, start making your from-scratch-cheese-sauce.

Melt butter in a saucepan on medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook, whisking for 5 minutes until light brown in color. Whisk in the milk and bring to a boil. Whisk until smooth and thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the shredded cheddar cheese until melted. Add the salt and pepper to the cheese sauce. 

Pour the cheese sauce over the hamburger mixture. Stir gently to combine.

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