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Cheesy Southwest Chicken Casserole

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Cheesy Southwest Chicken Casserole
  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 10 min
  • Servings 5
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Serve chicken and pasta casserole for your family's Southwest cuisine night - a cheesy meal.

Ingredients

3
cups uncooked mafalda (mini-lasagna noodle) pasta (6 ounces)
1
cup frozen whole kernel corn
1/4
cup sliced ripe olives
1/4
cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/3
cup milk
8
medium green onions, sliced (1/2 cup)
1
large roma (plum) tomato, chopped (1/2 cup)
1
jar (16 ounces) double Cheddar cheese pasta sauce
1
package (9 ounces) frozen cooked smoke-flavor chicken breast strips
1
cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese (4 ounces)

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350º. Spray rectangular baking dish, 11x7x1 1/2 inches, with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package.
  • 2 Mix pasta and remaining ingredients except cheese in large bowl. Spoon into baking dish.
  • 3 Cover and bake 45 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake uncovered 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and casserole is bubbly.
Tips  

To make ahead, omit the milk and mix uncooked pasta, 1 1/4 cups water and the remaining ingredients (except cheese) in the sprayed dish. Cover tightly and refrigerate at least 8 hours but no longer than 24 hours. Increase the first bake time to 1 hour, then add cheese and bake 5 to 10 minutes longer.

Mafalda looks like mini-lasagna noodles and can come in long ribbons or short pieces. Use the short variety for this recipe. If you don't have mafalda on hand, you can use another pasta of a similar size, such as gemelli, rotini or mostaccioli.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
490
(
Calories from Fat
215
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
24g
(
Saturated Fat
11g
)
Cholesterol
100mg
Sodium
1110mg
Total Carbohydrate
40g
(
Dietary Fiber
3g
)
Protein
31g
Daily Value*:
Iron
14%
14%
Exchanges:
1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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