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Mexican Pasta Casserole


Servings: 8

Ingredients:

12 ounces rigatoni, ziti or other medium pasta shape
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 jalapeo chile, seeded and minced
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked and julienned
1/4 cup ripe olives, chopped
1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin Queso Quesadilla, Monterey Jack or Jalapeo Havarti Cheese, shredded and divided

Cooking Directions:

Preheat oven to 375F.

Prepare pasta according to package directions. While pasta is cooking, heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and jalapeo and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add chili powder and stir for 1 minute. Add tomatoes and liquid, cumin, and oregano. Simmer until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes.

When pasta is done, drain well. In bowl, combine pasta, chicken, olives, 3/4 cup cheese and sauce. Spoon into 2-quart baking dish lightly sprayed with vegetable oil. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Cover loosely with foil and bake until warmed through and cheese is melted, about 15 minutes.

This recipe courtesy of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.

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