How to make it

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Boil the pasta until not quite al dente. I let mine boil for 2 minutes less than the package suggested for al dente. When the pasta is done, drain and rinse.
  • While the pasta is boiling, brown the ground beef and drain. Add the taco seasoning and however much water is needed, per the directions on the taco packet. Cook for a few minutes over low heat and then add in the cream cheese.
  • Allow the cream cheese to fully melt into the meat mixture. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup of salsa.
  • Spray a springform pan with Pam and stand the rigatoni noodles up tightly in the pan. It may help to hold the pan at an angle to get them to stand when you’re first standing them up. This step really is easier than you would think!
  • Spread the meat mixture on top of the noodles and use a chopstick, skewer or straw to poke the meat down into the holes of the noodles. When you’ve poked the meat in as much as you can, pour the remaining half cup of salsa over the top. Sprinkle the top with
  • the remaining 2 cups of cheese.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes before removing the sides of the pan and cutting

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  • mrsvegan 8 years ago
    This sounds fabulous! I'll use soy crumbles, Tofutti brand cream cheese & veggie shred "cheese" & let you know how it turns out--Thanks for a great New Year's eve dish!
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  • deedeec 8 years ago
    This has winter comfort food written all over it! YUM!
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  • goodeat 9 years ago
    Five forky!
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  • bounce 9 years ago
    this looks AMAZING !!! I am soooo maiking it !!! What could be better Taco + Pie !!!
    Thanks fo the AWESOME recipes !!!!!!!
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  • a1patti 9 years ago
    I love how great this recipe looks! My family will love it.
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  • impssweetp 9 years ago
    Another great one, Shandy. Love the fact that you can control the spice depth with the choice of salsas. Might just use a touch of pepper-jack. Hope all is well with your beautiful family.
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    " It was excellent "
    hooksc ate it and said...
    Great idea - this is how I do deep dish pizza. As always, thanks for sharing!!
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  • nativeprincess 9 years ago
    This looks incredible!
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  • jkirk 9 years ago
    Wow Shandy, this recipe looks amazing! I never would have even thought about trying this. Thanks - Jim.
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  • valinkenmore 9 years ago
    Looks different and so easy! Thanks Sandy for another wonderful post.
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    " It was excellent "
    littlemissey ate it and said...
    Hi Shandy, It's Deb M. Just wanted to let you know I am making this one this week. Thanks for sharing. Even though I haven't made it yet, it gets my "5" :)
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