If you're anything at all like me, you've probably spent many a sleepless night wondering how you could make a pasta dish that tastes like a taco. Well, good news - you're not going to have to drink yourself to sleep anymore, because I have found the answer! Imaginatively, I have named this dish Loco Taco Pasta. Don't worry, even though it has a crazy name it's a really easy dish to make.
1 pound Whole Wheat Capellini Noodles (you could probably use a different type of noodle, but make sure that it's still whole wheat, as that's vital to the flavor illusion)
1 ounce packet of taco seasoning (try to buy a brand that advertises having reduced the sodium content, as too much salt can ruin the dish)
Several tablespooons of butter (I use fat free I Can't Believe It's Not Butter because it resembles a sauce more than it does butter, but some might find that off-putting)
A dash of black pepper
A little bit of steak sauce (I use a Tabasco brand steak sauce)
Optional - Cheddar, Colby, and Monterey Jack cheeses to taste.
I think you can figure out what to do just by reading the ingredients. Boil the noodles, strain out the water and then mix in the ingredients. I'm a vegetarian, but I'd hazard to guess that if you added ground beef, cooked in taco seasoning, it would add even more to the illusion. Personally, I frown upon doing that, which is why I did not list ground beef as an optional ingredient.
The whole wheat noodles, in this festive Mexican context, have a flavor that is reminiscent of a taco shell. The taco seasoning adds to the androgynous shenanigans by making the dish taste almost like Spanish rice. You may want to add some cheese if you are so inclined, perhaps a blend of Cheddar, Colby, and Monterey Jack cheeses.
I'm thinking about tossing some refried beans into the pasta next time, but that might be taking it too far. Perhaps adding pinto beans or black beans would add a more subtle touch to the dish. Still, I'm skeptical about adding beans to the dish. If you dare try it, exercise extreme caution.