Tex Mex Pasta Baked Casserole

Tex Mex Pasta Baked Casserole, mc2creativeliving.com

I have spent the last few days outside working on my terrace and on the front property, cleaning and prepping. We can already see things emerging from the soil. The weather is finally warm enough to set up the plants outside, that I have kept in my dining room all winter long. I just love this time of the year!

Tex Mex Pasta Baked Casserole, mc2creativeliving.com

Pasta casserole is my go to, when I’m in a hurry. Pasta dishes are not only delicious but fairly quick to prepare, especially when taking short cuts by using store bough ingredients, or you can use home made sauces and salsa, previously made and preserved in sterilized jars like I do.

Tex Mex Pasta Baked Casserole, mc2creativeliving.com

Tex Mex Pasta Baked Casserole, mc2creativeliving.com

I always have homemade marinara sauce and salsa in my pantry. They are a real time saver at dinner time. For this Tex Mex pasta baked casserole, you can use your favourite brand of salsa and marinara sauce.

Tex Mex Pasta Baked Casserole, mc2creativeliving.com

Tex Mex Pasta Baked Casserole, mc2creativeliving.com

When it comes time for your pasta choice, once again, use what you have on hand, really, any kind of short pasta will do for this recipe, from macaroni elbows to rigatoni, the choice is yours. I always keep about 5 different types of short pasta in my pantry and I alternate them when creating recipes. This recipe is sure to please the whole family, even the little kids!

Tex Mex Pasta Baked Casserole, mc2creativeliving.com

Tex Mex Pasta Baked Casserole
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 cups of short pasta (penne, macaroni elbows or shells)
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 lbs of ground beef
  • 1 celery stick (chopped)
  • 1 small onion (diced)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup of Mexican tomato salsa ( get my recipe here)
  • 1 cup of marinara sauce ( get my recipe here)
  • 2 cups of Tex Mex shredded cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley
Directions
  1. Bring a large pot of salty water to a boil and cook the pasta (cook 3 minutes less than the package recommendation, the pasta will continue to cook in the oven).
  2. In a large pan, heat up the olive oil.
  3. Add in the celery, onion and garlic and cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Add in the beef and cook until no pink remains (about 8 minutes).
  5. Salt and pepper the meat to taste.
  6. Add in the marinara sauce and the Mexican tomato salsa.
  7. Add in the cooked pasta.
  8. Stir in 1 cup of Tex Mex shredded cheese.
  9. Sprinkle the remaining cup of cheese on top.
  10. Cover and bake in a preheated oven at 350F for 20 minutes.
  11. Uncover and continue baking for 10 minutes until the cheese is bubbly.
  12. Garnish with fresh parsley.

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