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Published: Tuesday, 1/29/2008

Half-Time Casserole Nacho Style

1 box rotini pasta or whole grain rotini pasta

1 16-ounce jar salsa (mild to hot, your preference)

1 19-ounce can Mexican chili beans (such as black, pinto, or kidney), drained

1 1/2 cups shredded Mexican-style or Jack cheese

1 11-ounce can of corn niblets, drained

Tortilla chips, whole

Salt and pepper to taste

Optional: sour cream, olives, guacamole, additional salsa, tomatoes, or hot peppers

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook rotini according to package directions. Drain. Combine salsa, beans, corn, and half the cheese in a casserole dish. Add remaining shredded cheese and desired amount of tortilla chips on the top of the casserole and bake 20 to 30 minutes.

Optional: Add 2 cups cooked shredded chicken to rotini, salsa, and bean mixture.

Serve with sour cream, olives, guacamole, salsa, tomatoes, or hot peppers.

Yield: 6 or 8 servings

Source: Mueller's Pasta

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