Mexican Rigatoni and Cheese

Photo by Gary M.

PREP TIME

30

minutes

TOTAL TIME

60

minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

PREP TIME

30

minutes

TOTAL TIME

60

minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 12

    ounces dried rigatoni pasta (4 cups)

  • 8

    ounces uncooked chorizo sausage

  • 1/2

    cup chopped onion (1 medium)

  • 1

    medium fresh poblano chile pepper

  • 3

    tablespoons butter

  • 3

    tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1

    teaspoon chili powder

  • 1/2

    teaspoon ground cumin

  • 2 1/2

    cups milk

  • 2

    cups shredded asadero or Monterey Jack cheese (8 ounces)

  • 1

    15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained

  • Chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

  • Pico de Gallo

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 3-quart rectangular baking dish with cooking spray; set aside. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Place pasta in a very large bowl; set aside. 2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet cook sausage, onion, and poblano pepper over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes or until onion is tender and sausage is browned. Drain off fat. Add chorizo mixture to bowl with pasta. 3. In a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour, chili powder, and cumin. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Whisk in milk. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to low. Add cheese; stir until cheese melts. Pour over pasta in bowl. Add black beans. Stir to combine. Spoon pasta mixture into prepared dish. 4. Bake, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through (160 degrees F). If desired, sprinkle with chopped fresh cilantro. Top each serving with Pico de Gallo.

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