Mexican Baked Ziti

Hello, Monday.  It is kind of sad how Monday has such a bad reputation.  But I don’t really have the time or energy to go off into a separate topic today so I’ll stick with cooking for today.
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A few weeks ago I made what I call Mexican baked ziti from Healthy Snack Recipes blog (the ingredients and instructions for this specific recipe are listed partway down the page where it says “Must Try!”  It’s basically baked beef ziti with a slight Mexican flair.
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Bottom line: It was easy.  It was inexpensive.  It was tasty.  It provided leftovers.  Is there really more to say on the subject? 😉
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Mexican Baked Ziti

serves about 6

Ingredients:
-3/4 or 1 package of ziti noodles (I used penne)
-1lb lean ground beef (easy to substitute turkey)
-1 pkg taco seasoning (or make your own)
-1cu water
-1/2 pkg cream cheese (I used about 1/4 cuz it’s what I had leftover from a previous recipe)
-1.5cu shredded cheese (I used a Mexican blend)

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 350 F.
-Cook pasta according to package instructions.
-Meanwhile, brown ground beef and drain, then mix taco seasoning & 1 cup water in it for about 5 minutes
-Add cream cheese to beef mixture, stir until melted, and remove from heat.
-Put pasta in casserole dish, sprinkle 1 cup of cheese over, add beef mixture, then top with the rest of the cheese.
-Bake, uncovered, for about 30 minutes (or until cheese is nicely melted).

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