Tex-Mex Pasta Bake

Tex-Mex Pasta Bake

Tex-Mex Pasta Bake

Servings: 8

Tex-Mex Pasta Bake is a tasty layered casserole with a southwestern flavor flair that will soon become a family favorite! Ground turkey or chicken can be substituted for the ground beef.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 65 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (9 ounces) Creamed Spinach, defrosted*
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 package (16 ounces) dry penne pasta, prepared according to package directions
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) salsa
  • 1 pound ground beef, cooked, drained and crumbled
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese

Instructions:

PREHEAT oven to 400° F.

COMBINE creamed spinach and cream cheese in medium bowl. Combine pasta, salsa, beef, tomato sauce and chili powder in large bowl. Spoon half of pasta mixture into 13 x 9-inch baking pan; top with spinach mixture. Top with remaining pasta; cover.

BAKE for 30 minutes; uncover. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese; bake for an additional 10 minutes or until bubbly.

FOR FREEZE AHEAD:
PREPARE
as above; do not bake. Do not sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Cover; freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in refrigerator.

PREHEAT oven to 400° F.

BAKE, uncovered, for 45 to 55 minutes; uncover. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese; bake for an additional 10 minutes or until bubbly.

*DEFROST Creamed Spinach in microwave on MEDIUM (50%) power for 5 to 6 minutes.