Creamy Rotel Pasta Ground Chuck
This Creamy Rotel Pasta with Ground Chuck is a satisfying and flavorful dish that combines pasta noodles, zesty Rotel tomatoes, and a creamy cheese sauce. Ground chuck is perfectly seasoned, and the dish is loaded with velvety cheese, all brought together with a touch of heavy whipping cream. It’s comfort food at its best, and the perfect blend of spices adds a delightful kick of flavor. Serve it at gatherings or for a family meal – it’s a crowd-pleaser you’ll make again and again! 😋🍝
- 1-pound ground chuck
- 1 cup onions, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup bell peppers, diced
- 12 ounces pasta noodles (rotini or your choice)
- 1 can Rotel tomatoes
- 8 ounces Velveeta cheese, cubed
- 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar or your preference)
- 1/2 cup Blanco Velveeta cheese, cubed
- 1 teaspoon season salt
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon taco seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon Slap Ya Mama seasoning (adjust to taste)
- A pinch of Accent (seasoning enhancer)
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the ground chuck until it’s no longer pink. Drain any excess grease.
- Add the chopped onions and diced bell peppers to the skillet. Sauté them with the ground chuck until they become tender, which should take about 5 minutes.
- While the meat and vegetables are cooking, cook the pasta noodles according to the package instructions until they are al dente. Drain and set them aside.
- Add the Rotel tomatoes to the skillet with the cooked meat and vegetables. Stir well to combine.
- Reduce the heat to low, then add the cubed Velveeta cheese, shredded cheese, Blanco Velveeta cheese, and all the seasonings – season salt, lemon pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, taco seasoning, Slap Ya Mama, and a pinch of Accent. Mix thoroughly to create a cheesy sauce.
- Pour in the heavy whipping cream and stir continuously until all the cheeses are fully melted, and the sauce is creamy.
- Add the cooked pasta noodles into the skillet with the cheese sauce. Toss everything together to ensure the noodles are coated evenly.
- Continue cooking for an additional 2-3 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.
- Serve your delicious Rotel Pasta with ground chuck hot and enjoy!
Note: You can adjust the level of spiciness by adding more or less of the spicy seasonings like taco seasoning and Slap Ya Mama according to your taste preference.
Enjoy your homemade Creamy Rotel Pasta with Ground Chuck! 😋🍝
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Rotel Pasta:
1. What kind of pasta noodles work best for this recipe?
- Rotini, penne, or macaroni noodles are great choices, but you can use your favorite pasta.
2. Can I use ground beef instead of ground chuck?
- Yes, you can substitute ground beef for ground chuck without a significant difference in taste.
3. Is there a way to make this recipe spicy for those who like heat?
- Absolutely, you can increase the spiciness by adding more taco seasoning, or you can include additional hot spices or pepper.
4. Can I make a vegetarian version of Rotel Pasta?
- Yes, you can make a vegetarian version by omitting the ground chuck and using plant-based protein or just focusing on the cheese and pasta.
5. What’s a good alternative to Velvetta cheese?
- If you prefer not to use Velvetta cheese, you can substitute it with another processed cheese or a homemade cheese sauce.
6. How do I store and reheat leftover Rotel Pasta?
- Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. To reheat, use the microwave or a stovetop pan with a bit of extra cream or milk to maintain creaminess.
7. Can I make this recipe in advance for a party or gathering?
- Yes, you can prepare Rotel Pasta in advance and reheat it when needed. Just make sure it doesn’t dry out, and add some extra cream if required.
8. What side dishes pair well with Rotel Pasta?
- This dish goes nicely with a fresh green salad, garlic bread, or steamed vegetables. It’s versatile and pairs well with various sides.
9. What is the purpose of “Accent” in this recipe?
- Accent is a flavor enhancer made of monosodium glutamate (MSG) that enhances the overall taste of the dish. You can use it sparingly for an extra flavor boost.
10. Is this recipe suitable for kids or people sensitive to spicy foods? – You can adjust the level of spiciness by reducing the amount of taco seasoning or using a milder version if cooking for those with milder palates.