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Mexican Pasta Bake

Mexican Pasta Bake

Sprinkle this hearty tomato- and cheese-topped casserole with chopped fresh cilantro for bright color and fresh flavor.



  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 4-quart casserole.
  2. Cook beef in 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until brown; drain.
  3. Cook and drain pasta in 4-quart Dutch oven as directed on package. Return pasta to Dutch oven. Stir in beef, corn, salsa and beans. Spoon half of the pasta mixture into casserole. Sprinkle with 2/3 cup of the cheese. Spoon remaining pasta mixture into casserole. Place tomato slices on top. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  4. Cover and bake 35 to 40 minutes or until hot and cheese is melted.

Yield: 6 servings

Did You Know...Rigatoni are short-cut (about 1 inch long), wide, tubular pasta with lengthwise grooves. The grooves and tube shape make it a perfect partner for chunky sauces.

Health Twist: Replace ground beef with ground turkey breast to lighten the calorie count of this dish.

Nutrition Information: 1 Serving: Calories 435 (Calories from Fat 125 ); Total Fat 14 g (Saturated Fat 7 g); Cholesterol 45 mg; Sodium 700 mg; Total Carbohydrate 59 g (Dietary Fiber 8 g); Protein 27 g

Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 20 %; Vitamin C 20 %; Calcium 28 %; Iron 26 %

Exchanges: 4 Starch; 2 Lean Meat

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Recipe and photo credit: Betty Crocker.


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