Taco Pasta Toss

This is a terrific summer lunch or dinner.  Yummy taco flavor in a bowl.

Taco Pasta Toss
3 oz smart taste, elbow macaroni

12 oz ground beef, 96/4
1/4 c. onion, chopped
2 Tablespoons jalapeno
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 cup salsa
1/3 c. cheese, reduced fat Sargento mexican blend
1 c. roma tomatoes, seededd and chopped
12 oz romaine lettuce, chopped

Bring a medium 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, cook the beef and onion until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the jalapeño, chili powder, paprika and cumin. Stir in the salsa and cooked pasta. Spoon into a serving dish, top with the cheese and tent with foil to melt the cheese, about 1 minute. Top with the tomatoes and lettuce- just like tacos!
Yield: 4 servings. Per serving= 238 Calories; 6g Fat (22.0% calories from fat); 26g Protein; 25g Carbohydrate; 6g Dietary Fiber; 56mg Cholesterol; 278mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Fat.

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