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Mexican Pasta Casserole

Photo and Recipe courtesy of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 12 Ounce rigatoni, ziti or other medium pasta shape
  • 2 Teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 jalape jalapeño chile, seeded and minced
  • 2 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 Teaspoon cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon dried oregano
  • 8 Ounce boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked and julienned
  • 1/4 Cup ripe olives, chopped
  • 1 Cup (4 oz.) Queso Quesadilla, Monterey Jack or Jalapeño Havarti Cheese, shredded and divided

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Prepare pasta according to package directions. While pasta is cooking, heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and jalapeño 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.
  3. 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.

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