Weight Watchers Taco Pasta – a hearty beef taco pasta topped with cheese and all the taco fixings.
You know what I call Mondays now? Taco Tuesday Eve. If I remember right, I think I saw that on Facebook and it just stuck with me. 🙂 Everyone seems to hate Mondays but that is what works for me to make Mondays go by faster. What do you guys do on a Monday to make it not seem so blah?
Since tomorrow is Taco Tuesday, I thought that this Taco Pasta would be sufficient. This Taco Pasta has ground beef, cheese, taco seasoning (duh), salsa, and macaroni. It’s almost like Hamburger Helper. You can top it with other taco toppings such as avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, and green onions but if you just added a ton of avocados directly on to the pasta the avocado would brown pretty fast. This Taco Pasta comes in at 9 smart points per serving and makes around 8 servings. Average serving size is a cup.
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Tips for Taco Pasta
I find 96& lean ground beef at Wal-Mart in their meat department and Fat-free cheddar cheese there as well.
If you don’t like fat-free cheddar use whatever pasta you like to use. You can add additional cheese on top of the pasta and wait until it melts. Also, feel free to change up the pasta type. I used elbow but small shells would be fun for this.
Additional pasta toppings: nonfat plain Greek Yogurt, Roma tomatoes, scallions, and olives.
I am not affiliated with WW formerly known as Weight Watchers in any way. I am just a member who likes to create WW recipes and share them with everyone. Freestyle is the name of the current program of WW and smart points are calculated for the recipes. Some blogs list them as freestyle smart points and some list them as smart points. There is no difference between the 2.
How is this a WW recipe? NO FOOD is off limits on WW and WW themselves stresses that a lot on their social media pages. That is one reason why I love WW. You can pretty much eat ANYTHING to lose weight just as long as you stay in your daily points range for that.
How does Weight Watchers work?
Each recipe or food has a Smart Points value. This is calculated using calories, saturated fat, protein, and sugar. It is best to stay away from foods that are loaded with saturated fat and sugar on the plan because those foods are higher in points. When you register with Weight Watchers you are given a daily set of points to target based on your age, gender, height, and activity level. Think of it as an easier way to track your macros.
What foods are free on Weight Watchers?
Can you lose weight on Weight Watchers?
Yes, you can! I did Points Plus (which is an older WW plan) and lost 20 pounds. I have also lost 12.8 pounds doing Freestyle. Weight loss is a slow and steady progress and a lot of people are discouraged when they do lose weight fast enough. Just remember this as a rule and look for people to follow on social media that will continue to inspire you to lose weight.
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- 1 lb of elbow macaroni
- 1 lb of 96% lean ground beef
- 1 package of low sodium taco seasoning
- 1 cup of salsa
- 1 cup of reduced fat or fat free shredded cheddar cheese
- additional taco toppings such as green onions, tomatoes, avocado, more cheese, fat free sour cream, etc…
- Boil pasta noodles until al dente for around 7 to 8 minutes in a large pot. Drain the noodles and set them aside in a bowl.
- Cook the ground beef in a skillet and drain the fat. Add the ground beef back to the skillet and add the water (3/4 cup), taco seasoning, salsa and cheese. Stir until well combined and then add the noodles. Serve the pasta with more cheese, green onions, tomatoes, avocado, or fat free sour cream if desired. It’s good without all those extra toppings.
Makes 8 servings
Smart Points: 8 (1 cup per serving)
- Category: Dinner
- Method: StoveTop
- Cuisine: Mexican
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 345
- Sugar: 3
- Fat: 7
- Saturated Fat: 5
- Carbohydrates: 44
- Fiber: 3
- Protein: 25