Some days you just need a good go to casserole that you can throw together in no time, and still feel like you have offered your family a tasty dinner! Seeing as how fast Summer vacation is flying by I will be working on a few more "quick" meals so that menu planning will be a bit easier once I return to work and the kid's crazy schedules begin with football and drill team practices and games.
1# of ground beef (or turkey)
1 packet of Ranch Dressing Mix
1 tsp black pepper
1/4 of a pound of block of Velveeta cut into chunks
4 oz of Cream Cheese
1 package of pasta (your choice) (I like mini shells for this)
2 cups of milk (give or take)
1. Start a pot of water to boil for your pasta.
2. In a skillet brown the ground beef. Add in the Ranch seasoning, black pepper, Velveeta, and cream cheese. Stir together, then add about a cup of milk. Continue stirring until cheeses are melted and adding milk to get a good luscious consistency.
3. Boil pasta as directed, drain, and add to cheesy meat mixture.
4. Taste for any additional seasoning. When the kids eat this I keep it pretty much as it is, sometimes adding a bit of chipolte chili powder to my serving. (Occasionally I add garlic and onion powder to the batch as it is cooking as well.)
Serve this with hot crusty bread, salad or steamed veggie of your choice for a complete meal! It's tasty, filling, and relatively inexpensive.