September 26, 2017

RECIPE: Cream Cheese Rigatoni

This pasta dish is not very saucy, but has a good taco flavor with a some creaminess from the cream cheese and a top layer of cheddar. Jerry and my kids are obsessed with this dish! They request it all the time.


16 oz dry rigatoni (or penne or other pasta)
2 tsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 pound lean ground turkey
1 packet of taco seasoning
1 cup water
4 oz cream cheese
6 oz shredded cheddar cheese


Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Cook pasta according to package directions. Brown the ground turkey with onion in olive oil, then drain the fat. Add 1 cup of water and taco seasoning to the turkey, and stir well. Simmer 5 minutes. Add cream cheese and stir until melted.

Remove from heat. Put pasta in a casserole dish, and gently toss together one cup of the cheese, the cooked pasta, and the turkey mixture. Top with remaining cheese and bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes, until cheese is just melted. Serve.


This tastes best, and has the best texture, when you put it in the oven just long enough to melt the cheese. You don't want the cheese to form a crust or get brown at all. It should still be very melty.

I've tripled this recipe to make for a crowd, and it worked really well. It's an easy, cheap recipe, and people love it!


  1. Yum...Trying this next week. Thanks!

  2. This looks amazing! Any idea what the nutritional information might be?
    Or how many weight watchers points plus this would be per serving?

  3. This looks so yummy! Great comfort food.

  4. Made this for my boyfriend, and we both absolutely loved it!! it was so delicious!


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