Nacho Pasta Bake

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This Nacho Pasta Bake has all the delicious flavours of nachos, but in a pasta!  Quick, delicious and on your dinner table in 40 minutes!



Nacho Pasta:

  • 3 cups uncooked pasta shells
  • 1 lb ground turkey or chicken
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 small onion (minced)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 1 can tomato paste (6 oz)
  • 1/4 cup water (more if needed)
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • salt & fresh ground pepper
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup crushed tortilla chips

Extra Toppings:

  • 1 1/2 cups sliced grape tomatoes
  • 1 cup tortilla chips
  • salsa
  • cilantro
  • chopped green onion
  • sour cream


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook the shell noodles according to package directions, and set aside.
  3. In a large, oven proof skillet (I used my enamel skillet), over medium heat, warm up the oil, then add the ground turkey. Cook for about 3 minutes.
  4. Then add the onion and garlic.  Cook and stir until the turkey is fully cooked, and the onions are tender.
  5. Stir in the tomato paste, water, chili powder, salt and pepper.
  6. Simmer the sauce for about 10 minutes, stirring often.  If you find that the sauce is too sticky, add more water.
  7. Add the cooked pasta noodles, and mix well.
  8. Sprinkle the cheese all over the top.
  9. Sprinkle the crushed tortilla chips to the top.
  10. Place the skillet in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbling.
  11. Top with the fresh tomatoes, extra tortilla chips and cilantro.
  12. Serve right away with salsa, sour cream and extra chips if you like!
  13. Enjoy!


Recipe adapted from Chatelaine