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Mexican Pasta-Stuffed Shells

  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 30 min
  • Servings 8

Creamy Southwestern pasta salad stuffed in a jumbo pasta shell! MORE + LESS -

Buns In My Oven
September 20, 2016

Ingredients

1
box (6.6 ounce) Betty Crocker™ Suddenly Pasta Salad™ Southwest style ranch pasta salad
1
pound jumbo pasta shells
1 1/2
cups diced cooked chicken
3
Roma tomatoes
2
jalapeños
1
avocado
1/4
cup crumbled Cotija cheese

Steps

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  • 1
    Prepare Suddenly Salad™ as directed on box.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, cook pasta shells in boiling water until al dente. Drain and set aside to cool.
  • 3
    Dice the tomatoes, jalapeños and avocado and place in a bowl with drained pasta salad.
  • 4
    Pour prepared sauce over pasta and stir well to combine.
  • 5
    Spoon pasta salad into cooled pasta shells.
  • 6
    Crush the Suddenly Salad™ topping and sprinkle over the stuffed shells. Top with crumbled Cotija cheese.
 

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
420
Calories from Fat
70
% Daily Value
Total Fat
8g
12%
Saturated Fat
2g
10%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
25mg
9%
Sodium
300mg
12%
Potassium
280mg
8%
Total Carbohydrate
67g
22%
Dietary Fiber
5g
19%
Sugars
3g
Protein
20g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%
6%
Vitamin C
6%
6%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
4 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 1 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
  • Large pasta shells filled with Mexican-seasoned pasta salad. Party on.

    If there are two things that are universally loved, they are Mexican food and pasta. Right?

    So, I make it my mission in life to bring those two loves together as often as possible. It might not be traditional, but it is darn delicious and I’ve yet to hear anyone complain about one of my Italian-Mexican hybrid recipes.

    And that’s why we’re here today. A fusion of flavors. Pasta salad amplified with corn, black beans, avocado, tomato, and some shredded chicken. Don’t forget to sprinkle a little Mexican Cotija cheese right on top for flair.

    Oh, and did I mention that this pasta salad is then stuffed inside big pasta shells? Party food perfection.

    You’ll need some Suddenly Salad pasta salad to start -- the Southwestern Ranch variety is great for this recipe.

    Then we’re going to load that up with chicken, tomatoes, jalapenos, and avocados.

    Go ahead and get everything diced up and ready to go while the pasta from the Suddenly Salad box is boiling.

    Drain and rinse your pasta, pop it in a bowl, and add in the rest of the good stuff.

    The sauce that comes in the Suddenly Salad box is divine. It tastes like creamy Nacho Cheese tortilla chip sauce. Plop the sauce right in the bowl and start stirring.

    Cook up some jumbo pasta shells. Then use a spoon to stuff them with the pasta salad. I really loaded the pasta salad up with extra goodies, so no need to worry that this is overwhelmingly pasta-y. It’s just overwhelmingly good.

    Grab the package of crunchy tortilla chip topping that came in the Suddenly Salad box and smash it all up. Sprinkle it over the top with some Cotija cheese and then serve ‘em up!

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