Southwest Mac & Cheese Bake
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 10 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
This is a creamy, creamy and delicious version of mac n cheese with a little zip and zest mixed in! Balance the zip and zest with some black beans and corn and you’ve got the perfect one dish dinner!

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 1 - lb(s) box(es) elbow pasta noodles
  • 1 - cup(s) sour cream
  • 1 - 10 oz diced tom & green chile
  • 1 - 15 oz. can(s) black beans
  • 1 - 15 oz. can(s) corn
  • 2 - cup(s) Mexican blend shredded cheese
  • Garnish: - bunch cilantro**
  • Side: - salad**
  • 1 - 9x13 disposable foil tray(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. Cook the pasta, as directed, to al dente. Drain well.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  3. Open the diced tomatoes with green chilies.
  4. Open and drain the black beans and corn.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, toss together the sour cream, diced tomatoes and green chilies with their juices, drained black beans and corn and half of the shredded cheese.
  6. Pour the drained pasta into the bowl and toss with the sour cream mixture. Pour into baking dish and top with remaining shredded cheese.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until warmed through and cheese is melted on top.
  8. Prepare the salad.
  9. Serve Southwest Mac & Cheese Bake with cilantro garnish and salad.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

  1. Open 2 cans diced tomatoes with green chilies.
  2. Open and drain 2 cans of black beans and 2 cans of corn.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, toss together 2 cups sour cream, 2 cans diced tomatoes and green chilies with their juices, 2 cans drained black beans and 2 cans drained corn and 2 cups of the shredded cheese.

To each disposable tray, add the following ingredients:

  • Half of the pasta and sour cream mixture
  • Half of the remaining shredded cheese on top

Cover with foil or lid, add label and freeze.

Freeze & Thaw Instructions

Put tray in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or a warm shallow dish of water for about 20 minutes, before transferring to the oven and baking as directed.

Dairy-Free Modifications

Unfortunately, there is not a great dairy-free option for this meal.

Gluten-Free Modifications

Recipe is gluten-free if you use small shell gluten-free pasta.

Printable Label Recipe Title

Southwest Mac & Cheese Bake

Printable Label Instructions

Thaw completely and bake at 350 F for 20 minutes. Garnish with cilantro.
Serve with salad.

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