You won’t believe how good romaine lettuce can taste in this one pot taco pasta salad, thanks to an easy and creamy sauce that’s made entirely in the pasta pot – no extra dressing needed! Here’s how…
One Pot Creamy Taco Pasta Salad
The other day, I was craving taco pasta salad, but all of the recipes I found online required a separate creamy dressing to be made and I didn’t have the ingredients, time, and frankly, I wanted something simpler.
I love when recipe ideas come from a basic, “I’m craving this, let’s make it!” situation and that is exactly what happened here. Now, I have a creamy taco pasta salad that’s made in one pot, cooked in under 30 minutes, and doesn’t require a separate dressing.
The key? Pasta water, cheese, and taco seasoning! Those three together yield a creamy “dressing” that coats the pasta (I love bowties here, because there’s more surface area for the flavorful sauce to cling to.)
And no, this isn’t like a mac and cheese, it truly tastes like there is a taco dressing stirred into the pasta. The crunchy romaine lettuce (don’t knock it until you try it!) adds a refreshing crunch that’s super tasty and bridges salad and pasta together for a pasta salad.
Although this recipe is vegetarian, you could easily stir some shredded rotisserie chicken in here for the meat eaters or even some shrimp. It can be a side dish at a barbecue or a stand alone meal like I enjoyed it.
However you enjoy this pasta salad, you’ll love this creamy hack!