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One-Pot Taco Ziti is a fun variation of ziti that adds some Mexican flavor to a popular pasta dish. This easily customizable one-pot recipe for the Ninja Cooking System is perfect for busy nights all year round as it doesn’t heat up the house like an oven and only leaves one pot to wash.

One-Pot Taco Ziti Recipe For Ninja Cooking System From Val's Kitchen

One-Pot Taco Ziti is a fun variation of ziti that adds some Mexican flavor to a popular pasta dish. This ziti is easily customizable to suit your family’s preference when it comes to the flavor, if you want it hotter just use a hotter salsa and/or taco seasoning. This recipe is great because it’s so easy to make. Using the Ninja Cooking System makes the recipe perfect for busy nights during any time of the year as it doesn’t heat up the house like an oven and it only leaves one pot to wash. Here’s how I make Taco Ziti in the Ninja Cooking System.

One-Pot Taco Ziti Recipe For Ninja Cooking System

Equipment Needed

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Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs ground beef
  • 1 lb ziti (I used Ronzoni Ziti #2)
  • 1x 24 oz jar salsa (I used Chi-Chis Mild Thick & Chunky)
  • 2x .1 oz packets taco seasoning (I used Old El Paso Original)
  • 1x 29 oz can tomato sauce (I used RedPack)
  • 2 cups shredded taco cheese
  • 1 cup water

One-Pot Taco Ziti Recipe For Ninja Cooking System From Val's Kitchen

Instructions

Set the Ninja to stovetop high.

Place the ground beef into the pot and saute it until browned.

Switch the Ninja to dry bake with an oven temperature of 350.

Place the pasta into the pot on top of the meat.

Pour the salsa over the pasta.

Add the taco seasoning to the pot.

Pour the tomato sauce and the water into the pot.

Stir the mixture until combinbed, making sure all of the pasta is covered.

Put the lid onto the Ninja and cook for 20-25 minutes, depending on how soft you like your pasta.

When 20 minutes have passed, uncover the Ninja and give a stir. Check the pasta to see if its texture suits your preference. If the pasta is a tad to firm, cover it back up and give it a few more minutes.

Once the texture is about the way you like it, sprinkle the shredded taco cheese on top of the pasta.

Recover for 5 minutes while the cheese melts.

Serve immediately.

One-Pot Taco Ziti Recipe For Ninja Cooking System From Val's Kitchen

One-Pot Taco Ziti Recipe For Ninja Cooking System

One-Pot Taco Ziti Recipe For Ninja Cooking System From Val's Kitchen

Instructions

Set the Ninja to stovetop high. Place the ground beef into the pot and saute it until browned. Switch the Ninja to dry bake with an oven temperature of 350. Place the pasta into the pot on top of the meat. Pour the salsa over the pasta. Add the taco seasoning to the pot. Pour the tomato sauce and the water into the pot. Stir the mixture until combinbed, making sure all of the pasta is covered. Put the lid onto the Ninja and cook for 20-25 minutes, depending on how soft you like your pasta. When 20 minutes have passed, uncover the Ninja and give a stir. Check the pasta to see if its texture suits your preference. If the pasta is a tad to firm, cover it back up and give it a few more minutes. Once the texture is about the way you like it, sprinkle the shredded taco cheese on top of the pasta. Recover for 5 minutes while the cheese melts. Serve immediately.

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    9 comments

    pat. August 20, 2018 - 12:00 pm

    Seasoning makes the flavor.

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    Wajeeha August 20, 2018 - 1:23 pm

    Wow, I’ve never heard of Ninja cooking system before, but I love the sound of it. The ziti looks absolutely delicious too!

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    Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh August 20, 2018 - 2:46 pm

    This looks perfect. Saucy, pasta, cheese…all of our family’s favorites in one meal. I really like this is so quick, perfect for weeknights!

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    Claudia Lamascolo August 20, 2018 - 7:20 pm

    what a creative flavor for a pasta dish I love Mexican food so this is tempintg

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    Marysa August 20, 2018 - 9:43 pm

    What a neat idea to use salsa as a pasta sauce. I’ll definitely give this one a try!

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    Veena Azmanov August 21, 2018 - 7:29 am

    Oh… taco, ziti sauce… it all sounds so yum. My kids a big on taco and pasta so we must try this soon. Saving for later.

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    Marisa Franca August 21, 2018 - 7:40 am

    What an easy and delicious dish. The Instant Pot is such a great piece of kitchen equipment — I certainly wish I had one. But what I’d like to do is take all of your yummy sounding ingredients and make them the long way — that is until I get that nice One-Pot.

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    Tammy August 21, 2018 - 11:19 am

    This looks so amazing! What a comforting dish for the upcoming fall months. I’d love to dig right in! ^_^

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    Mahy Elamin August 21, 2018 - 12:49 pm

    This looks amazing! I cannot wait to give it a try. Thank you for sharing this great recipe. YUM!

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