Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Baked Mexican Pasta

Baked Mexican Pasta recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Mexican Pasta? Sure, why not? I love Mexican food and Italian food always makes me happy.  Combining them made for a fun twist and a great new recipe the kids really liked. It made me laugh when my anti-spice pasta lover adored this meal and my anti-pasta spice lover adored it as well. Apparently, it was just enough of a balance to please everyone.

Baked Mexican Pasta
recipe adapted from Recipes To Run On
(printable recipe)

1/2 lb cellentani noodles or your favorite pasta
1 lb ground beef
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
32 oz salsa
1 1/2 cups cooked black beans, or 1 can drained and rinsed
2 cups shredded Monterrey jack cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cook the pasta, drain and set aside. While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the peppers, onions and garlic. Saute until barely softened. Add the ground beef and brown. Add the spices to the skillet mixture and stir to combine.  Drain and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the pasta, the skillet mixture,the beans and the salsa. Toss gently to combine. Pour half of the pasta mixture into a 9x13 dish. Sprinkle with 1/2 the cheese. Pour the remaining pasta over the cheese and then sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the last pasta layer. Place in the hot oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbling.  Enjoy!
Baked Mexican Pasta recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen


16 comments:

  1. That is the most brilliant idea ever!

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  2. I like the fact that it has black beans in it. I sometimes have problems getting my protein.

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  3. I think just about everything goes with pasta!! This sounds delicious!!

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  4. What a yummy recipe! I go through stages with beans. I love them. I am bored with them and I love them, again. Right now, I love them so I love t his recipe.

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  5. Yum, this is so unusual, I can see how this would be a great family meal--- my kids would love it.

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  6. This sounds awesome, Mexican flavours go well with so many other cuisines

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  7. Have never tried Mexican pasta before. Must try one day!

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  8. Wow, this sounds perfect! I love the addition of black beans and salsa, and I have all the ingredients on hand to make this! It looks like it would freeze and reheat well too.

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  9. Delicious - LOVE the flavors - this looks like a perfect supper in our house!
    Mary x

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  10. Fantastic flavors and a twist on just about everything. I love it! It's going on the menu!

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner
    www.mawhats4dinner.com

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  11. The best of both worlds! This looks so tasty, and I'm glad I saw this before I went to the grocery store...now I know what we're having for dinner! Thank you for sharing with me...and for your kind words on my blog. They mean so much to me.

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  12. I agree.The pasta looks delicious and i am sure it tasted real good;)

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  13. This looks delicious, I know my family would love it.

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  14. Such a great idea to combine two cuisines! Pasta dish is really versatile. Japanese combine Japanese ingredients with pasta too, so why not? =) Looks so delicious~!

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  15. This looks amazing! I love the way you've combined the best of both worlds into one terrific recipe.

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  16. Quite different than the same ol', same ol. Kind of like a chili mac but more refined, I like it.

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