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5 from 5 votes

Tex -Mex loaded pasta bake

Tex-mex pasta bake is a crowd pleaser. This easy to make ahead of time vegetarian casserole is perfect for parties and pot lucks too.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: bake, casserole
Cuisine: Italian, Mexican
Servings: 6 -8 servings
Author: Khushboo

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon oil.
  • 2 cups assorted vegetables diced – approx.
  • I have used onions, peppers, sweet corn , olives
  • 2 cloves garlic roughly sliced/ chopped
  • 1 jalapeno deseeded optional
  • ½ cup cooked beans black beans/ rajma
  • 1.5 cups uncooked pasta / 180grams approx.
  • 2 cups homemade/ store bought enchilada sauce*
  • 1 cup cheese divided – Mexican blend *
  • Fistful of chopped coriander
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Some Nacho chips.
  • For garnish -
  • 2 tablespoon chopped coriander
  • Some olives and sweet corn.

Instructions

  • Pre heat oven at 400 deg f/ 200 deg c
  • Boil the pasta 2-3 minutes less than mentioned on the package(refer notes).
  • Drain it in a colander , run under cold water to stop further cooking. Place it in a bowl/dish. Drizzle some olive oil and pepper, coat well . Keep aside. At this point you can store it in the fridge up to 2 days .
  • In a pan heat up some oil, cook garlic until golden brown, add the jalepenos , add onions , cook for 20 seconds , add peppers ,cook for 30 seconds . Switch off the flame. Add in some salt . Coat well.
  • Lighly grease 9*13 or related baking pan .
  • Put in the pasta and 1.5 cups enchilada sauce
  • And the cooked veggies along with sweet corn ,olives, cooked beans, corriander and ½ cup cheese . Give it a quick mix to coat well.
  • Taste test and adjust salt or other seasoning.
  • Top it with remaining ½ cup enchilada sauce .
  • Cover it with foil and bake it on the middle rack for 20-25 minutes.
  • Carefully pull it out of the oven and top it up with nacho chips
  • Sprinkle remaining cheese on the top and bake it uncovered on the middle rack for 10 more minutes or until the cheese has melted.
  • Take it out of the oven , garnish it with some coriander, olives , sweetcorn (optional)
  • Serve hot with a drizzle of green goddess dressing , recipe mentioned above

Notes

Use desired veggies
Use desired beans
Skip jalapeno / green chilies
Use any cheese that melts well – I have used monterey jack and sharp cheddar.
Leftovers can be refrigerated minus the chips.
homemade enchilada sauce and green goddess dressing recipes mentioned above .
If skipping baking cook your pasta al dente as mentioned on the package.