Sunday, December 14, 2008

Aggie's Baked Mexican Penne

Happy Sunday! Hope you’re having a nice one. I started off my day with a 5 mile run at the gym (followed by 10 minutes of walking). I ran out and did a few errands and then came home to make up Josh’s potluck dish. I had a tough time deciding between all of the awesome recipes you suggested, but finally decided to make Aggie’s Baked Mexican Penne. I loved the idea of this recipe because it was easy and fun twist on baked pasta. Here is the recipe:

1/2 lb of whole wheat penne (1/2 box)
1 lb of lean ground beef
1 TB olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large bell pepper, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
2 jars of salsa
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
salt and pepper
2 cups of shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bring pot of water to boil for pasta, cook according to directions.

In large heated non stick skillet, add oil, garlic, peppers and onions. Saute until softened, about 10 minutes. Add ground beef and brown. Add spices, salt and pepper. Drain and add to a large bowl with black beans, salsa and pasta. Toss to combine.

Pour half of pasta mixture into casserole dish. Spread 1 cup of shredded cheese over pasta. Add rest of pasta over cheese and top with remaining cheese. Place in oven and cook for 30-35 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is golden.

The results:

I think Josh is going to have one of the best pot luck dishes! Thank you Aggie!


LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Great pot luck dish!!

Anonymous said...

this sounds delicious! might be a nice dinner to make ahead for bill and i!

Anonymous said...

Wow - that turned out great. They are going to love it!

K from ksgoodeats said...

Great dish you made!

Anonymous said...

Wow, what an awesome dish! Lovely!

Trying To Heal said...

ohhh..great pot luck dish!!!

Chef Jeena said...

I would love to see your tray of pasta on my kitchen table. :-)

Esi said...

This is exactly what I need right now. (recovering from a loooong party)

Unknown said...

sounds great to me, i'll have some!

Jenn said...

Looks like a winner to me! And I love the pasta with the mexican ingredients -- so fun!

Balance, Joy and Delicias! said... looks so yummy!!! full of flavor and cheeeeeese!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, that looks delicious! That would be a great dinner for a large group!

Aggie said...

Hi Erica!! I'm so happy you made this dish! It looks great! I haven't had it in a while and after seeing your pictures may have to make it soon ;)! Hope everyone enjoys it!!

Have a great week!! I had a busy weekend so I am going to be recovering!!

Anonymous said...

Great Dish! Yum!

Unknown said...

Holy smokes! That looks great, I have been craving pasta all day.