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mac 'n cheese southwestern style

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Pat Duran
Las Vegas, NV

Using pepper Jack cheese, salsa and black beans sets this dish apart from all the others with this special twist to the ordinary macaroni and cheese. Looks pretty on the holiday buffet table too! Try it for a Halloween party. Wisconsin cheese marketing recipe.

(1 rating)
yield 6 servings
prep time 25 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For mac 'n cheese southwestern style

  • 8 oz
    pkg. uncooked dried rotini or fusili pasta or your favorite
  • 8 oz
    pkg. american cheese slices
  • 1/2 c
  • 2/3 c
    thick and chunky salsa
  • 15 oz
    can black beans, rinsed, well drained
  • 1 c
    shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 2/3 c
    chopped ripe tomato
  • 3 Tbsp
    sliced green onion
  • chopped fresh cilantro, if desired

How To Make mac 'n cheese southwestern style

  • 1
    Heat oven to 350^.Cook pasta according to package directions, drain. Place cooked pasta into lightly greased 1 1/2 - quart casserole dish; set aside.
  • 2
    Combine American cheese slices and milk in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted about 5-8 minutes. Stir in salsa. Pour cheese mixture over pasta; stir to combine.
  • 3
    Top with black beans and pepper jack cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly around edges and cheese is melted.(cover with foil if cheese is browning too quickly)
  • 4
    Just before serving, garnish with chopped tomatoes, green onions and cilantro.