- In a large pot of salted water cook pasta al dente according to package directions. Drain; set aside.
- Meanwhile, in a large deep skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper; sauté 4–5 minutes or until softened. Add beef; cook and stir 8–10 minutes or until browned, stirring to break up beef.
- Stir in tomatoes, green chiles (if desired), taco seasoning and 2/3 cup water; mix until well blended. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer 3–4 minutes. Add cheese; cook and stir just until melted.
- Add pasta to skillet; stir gently to coat. Cook just until heated through. Spoon into individual bowls, and serve.
Per serving: 290 calories, 9g fat, 4g saturated fat, 40mg cholesterol, 560mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 4g sugars, 19g protein