Mexican Pasta Bake 

This Mexican pasta bake is perfect for a weeknight or any night where you need dinner on the table in about 20 minutes! The best part is it’s made using ingredients you probably already have stocked. It’s a win, win!

One thing I have learned since becoming a mom is that you have to figure out how to do everything you did before having a baby in about half of the time. This makes cooking, cleaning, and bathing pretty difficult.

I’ve resorted to planning out my meals based on the amount of time I think I’ll have to prepare them.

This easy bake is one of my go to meals. It is both husband and toddler approved, so I enjoy putting it on the table. I also keep these ingredients stocked most of the time, so I can also throw it together and double the recipe if unexpected guests come over.

Ready? Don’t blink, or you’ll miss it 😉

Brown beef with onions added. This isn’t the whole amount of onion in the recipe since I’m serving this to my son. I worry sometimes about him choking on the hidden onions…first time mom problems, I’m sure.

 

Mexican Pasta Bake - Quick and Easy dinner ready in 20 minutes!

 

While beef is browning, cook pasta to al dente. Drain when finished.

When beef is finished and drained, add cream of chicken, salsa, and black beans. I used black bean and corn salsa, so I cut back a tad on the beans. If it were up to my husband, the whole can of beans and then some would be added. I’m glad it isn’t up to him…

 

Mexican Pasta Bake - Quick and Easy dinner ready in 20 minutes!

 

Then stir in the cooked pasta.

 

Mexican Pasta Bake - Quick and Easy dinner ready in 20 minutes!

 

Transfer the pasta mixture to a 11×7 pan, top with cheese and pop it into the oven until the cheese is melted.

 

Mexican Pasta Bake - Quick and Easy dinner ready in 20 minutes!

 

Just like that, its done! Boom.

 

Mexican Pasta Bake - Quick and Easy dinner ready in 20 minutes!

 

Finish with the garnish! You can top it with anything you’d like. I like to use some sour cream and cilantro if I have it…which I didn’t this time. Whoops! My husband likes to put some more salsa on it and some shredded cheese.

 

Mexican Pasta Bake - Quick and Easy dinner ready in 20 minutes!

 

 

Like I said, this recipe is a hit in my house. Hope it goes over well in yours! I have no doubt it will.

 

 

Yields 4 servings

Mexican Pasta Bake 

15 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 8oz pasta (rotini or penne)
  • 1 cup cream of chicken, or 1 can
  • 1 cont salsa (16oz)
  • 1/2 cup black beans
  • 1 1/2c shredded cheese
  • cilantro as garnish
  • sour cream as garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Brown beef with onions in large skillet, drain
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package to al dente. Drain and rinse with cool water.
  4. Add cream of chicken, salsa, and black beans to beef. Stir well to combine. Allow to warm for 1 minute.
  5. Add prepared pasta. Stir to combine.
  6. Transfer mixture to a lightly greased 11x7 pan. Top evenly and generously with cheese.
  7. Bake until cheese is melted and dish is warm throughout.
  8. Top with garnish of choice. I recommend sour cream, cilantro and more cheese if desired!
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Calories
197 cal
Fat
14 g
Carbs
5 g
Protein
12 g


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Mexican Pasta Bake - Quick and Easy dinner ready in 20 minutes!

About Mallory

Nice to meet you. I'm Mallory! I'm a believer, wife, and mother. In my professional life, I am a registered dietitian and certified lactation counselor. I'm striving to be the best mom and wife I can be, always working to improve. Join me as I make a mess in the kitchen and at the sewing table, all while trying to save some money!

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