Mexican Mac and Cheese

No need to choose between a spiced-up Mexican recipe and a luscious casserole recipe. You can have them both, with this Mexican-inspired mac and cheese.

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Makes:
12 servings
Prep:
20 mins
Bake:
35 mins 350°F
Stand:
10 mins
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Mexican Mac and Cheese

Ingredients
12
ounces dried mostaccioli or rigatoni pasta (3 cups)
1
pound bulk pork sausage
1
16 ounce jar green medium-hot salsa
2
8 ounce package shredded Monterey Jack cheese (4 cups)
 
Tomato wedges, sliced jalapeno peppers, and chopped fresh cilantro
 
Salsa (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 3-quart rectangular baking dish; set aside. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in large skillet cook sausage and onion until meat is browned and onion is tender. Drain fat, Return sausage and onion to skillet. Stir in green salsa.
  3. In prepared baking dish layer half of the cooked pasta, half the sausage mixture, and half the cheese. Repeat layers. Bake, uncovered, for 35 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes. Top with tomato, jalapeno, and cilantro. If desired, serve with additional salsa. Makes 12 servings.

Nutrition Facts

(Mexican Mac and Cheese)
    Per serving:
  • 378 kcal cal.,
  • 22 g fat
  • (11 g sat. fat,
  • 2 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 8 g monounsatured fat),
  • 61 mg chol.,
  • 474 mg sodium,
  • 25 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 4 g sugar,
  • 19 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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