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Lightened Up Taco Mac

This Lightened Up Taco Mac is to die for! A classic comfort food meets taco night! It will surely go on your weekly meal plan!

Makes 6 (1 1/4 cup servings)

How do I make this Lightened Up Taco Mac?

I use Barilla whole grain fiber pasta for this recipe-it’s lower in points and high in fiber than most pastas.

Plus-if you’re following the WW purple plan this whole grain pasts is zero points 

You can find this brand at most grocery stores. 

 I like to use Velveeta Shreds or the three cheese light blend from Trader Joe’s.

(Both of these cheeses are are lower in points than most brands.)

This is my favorite brand of taco sauce. It’s delicious in this recipe. I get it at Walmart.

Makes 6 (1 1/4 cup ) servings

 

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz.  Barilla Whole Grain medium shells, dry
  • 12 oz. can reduced-fat evaporated milk, divided
  • pinch garlic powder
  • dash salt
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 5 oz. light cheddar cheese ( I use Velveeta Shreds or Trader Joe’s light 3 cheese blend)
  • 1 Tbsp taco seasoning
  • 12 oz. lean ground beef or ground turkey ( I use 96% lean ground beef)
  • 2 Tbsp taco sauce ( I use taco bell original mild sauce which you can find at most grocery stores)

Directions:

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.  Drain the cooked pasta and set aside.
  2. Spray a skillet with nonstick cooking spray and cook ground beef or turkey over medium heat until meat is cooked thoroughly. Mix in taco seasoning and a dash of water. And mix until taco seasoning is well combines with the meat. Pour cooked meat into cooked pasta bowl. Add taco sauce.
  3. In a saucepan, mix together, evaporated milk ( set aside 1/4 cup), garlic powder, and salt. Stir until well combined.
  4. Bring the milk mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  5. Whisk together the cornstarch and remaining ¼ cup evaporated milk, then pour into the cornstarch mixture into the sauce.
  6. Whisk constantly while the sauce simmers and thickens, for about 2-3 minutes.
  7. Take the sauce off the heat and gradually whisk in the taco sauce and cheddar cheese and stir until melted and smooth.
  8. Pour sauce into the pasta and meat bowl. Continue stirring until everything has been incorporated.  Let the taco mac sit for 5 minutes before serving to allow the sauce to thicken.

 

Makes 6 (1 and 1/4 cup ) servings

5-8 PersonalPoints™ per serving*  

 *This number shows the PersonalPoints™ range. The points will vary based on your individualized plan. 

How do I know how many points this is on my WW individualized plan? 

Click the link below to go to the recipe builder. You’ll first need to sign into your WW account and then the recipe builder will upload. Be sure to edit the recipe with any ingredients that you use that are different. The recipe builder is the most accurate way to create, obtain, and track the Personal Points on your individualized plan. 

*The recipe builder link only works for WW members located in the United States. If you are located outside of the United States, you’ll need to access the WW app manually to create the recipe in the recipe builder. 

Yield: 6

Lightened Up Taco Mac

Lightened Up Taco Mac

This Lightened Up Taco Mac is to die for! A classic comfort food meets taco night! It will definitely be on your dinner rotation!

Author: thepounddropper.com

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz.  Barilla Whole Grain Pasta, Medium Shells, dry
  • 12 oz. can reduced-fat evaporated milk, divided
  • pinch garlic powder
  • dash salt
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 5 oz. light cheddar cheese ( I use Velveeta Shreds or Trader Joe's light 3 cheese blend)
  • 1 Tbsp taco seasoning ( I use Dak's Taco Kight)
  • 12 oz. lean ground beef or ground turkey ( I use 96% lean ground beef)
  • 2 Tbsp taco sauce ( I use taco bell original mild sauce which you can find at most grocery stores)

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain the cooked pasta and set aside.
  2. Spray a skillet with nonstick cooking spray and cook ground beef or turkey over medium heat until meat is cooked thoroughly. Mix in taco seasoning and a dash of water. And mix until taco seasoning is well combines with the meat. Pour cooked meat into cooked pasta bowl. Add taco sauce.
  3. In a saucepan, mix together, evaporated milk ( set aside 1/4 cup), garlic powder, and salt. Stir until well combined.
  4. Bring the milk mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  5. Whisk together the cornstarch and remaining ¼ cup evaporated milk, then pour into the cornstarch mixture into the sauce.
  6. Whisk constantly while the sauce simmers and thickens, for about 2-3 minutes.
  7. Take the sauce off the heat and gradually whisk in the taco sauce and cheddar cheese and stir until melted and smooth.
  8. Pour sauce into the pasta and meat bowl. Continue stirring until everything has been incorporated. 
  9. Let the taco mac sit for 5 minutes before serving to allow the sauce to thicken.

Makes 6 (1 and 1/4 cup) servings

5-8 PersonalPoints™ per serving*

*This number shows the PersonalPoints™ range. The points will vary based on your individualized plan.

Notes

Smartpoints: GREEN: 9 SmartPoints per serving BLUE: 9 SmartPoints per serving PURPLE: 5 SmartPoints per serving

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Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 315Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 47mgSodium 386mgCarbohydrates 36gNet Carbohydrates 32gFiber 4gSugar 2gProtein 33g

The SmartPoint values and nutritional information is estimated and figured based off the brand of ingredients listed in the recipe using the WW app. The SmartPoint values may vary depending on the brand of ingredients used. To calculate the Smartpoint value on a recipe you will need to enter the ingredients in the WW app manually by creating a recipe using the recipe builder. The WW app does not recognize the zero point ingredients in recipes and will calculate it based only off the nutritional information; which will not be accurate.

Brittany

Friday 14th of May 2021

Thank you for your amazing recipes! This was so good

Candi

Friday 25th of September 2020

Has anyone tried making and freezing? Or making as a casserole? Thanks

Kristi Potter

Saturday 19th of September 2020

Hi Linds!!! May I use skim milk? If so how many points will it be on blue ? Thank you for ALL of your wonderful recipes I love them!!

Best, Kristi

Lindsay Kehl

Saturday 19th of September 2020

Hi Kristi,

Thanks so much! I’m so happy you love them.

Yes, you sure can. The overall point values are the same.

Thank so much

Dana R

Sunday 19th of April 2020

Just made this for dinner this evening. My husband loves this recipe. I know when he comes home from the supermarket with ground beef and shredded cheddar it's because he wants me to make taco mac. I add a bit more taco seasoning before serving but that's my only change.

Lindsey

Wednesday 25th of March 2020

In parts of the recipe where you use ounces is this by weight?

Lindsay Kehl

Friday 27th of March 2020

Hi Lindsey

Yes, I use a food scale to weigh the ounces.

Thank you

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