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Chile Con Queso Pasta Bake is ready to enjoy!
Chile Con Queso Pasta Bake
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
This Chile Con Queso Pasta Bake is for everyone who has to pry themselves away from the con queso dip (like I do!). Healthy, cheap and easy to make, it'll help you get your queso fix in delicious cheesy, creamy pasta form. YUM!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: comfort food, pasta bake
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 613 kcal
Author: Myra
Ingredients
  • 1 lb pasta
  • 1 lb ground beef optional - you can leave it out to make this vegetarian
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp butter you can use olive oil or another oil if you want
  • 2 cups cheese shredded
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 tsp paprika I would use regular, not smoked
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1-2 cans chopped green chilies 1 for very mild, 2 for a tiny bit spicy and more tangy [These are 4oz/127ml cans]
  • cilantro optional - for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling, salted water, until al dente according to package directions (probably about 10 minutes).
  3. Brown ground beef in a medium - large pot.
  4. While ground beef is cooking, peel and chop onion and garlic for the next step. If you have extra time, shred cheese, chop red pepper and drain and rinse beans. Otherwise, you can do these things while the onion is cooking.
  5. Once ground beef is browned, remove it to a plate and drain off grease. Add butter and onion to pot and cook over medium heat until onion starts to soften, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add garlic, paprika and salt. Add flour and stir for about 1 minute.
  7. Very slowly start to add milk. Add the first couple of tablespoons and use a wooden spoon to start to work up what is stuck to the bottom of the pot. Then add more milk a bit at a time, stirring well each time. It will get thicker and seize up at first, but then start to become more liquid. Once the mixture is fairly liquid add the rest of the milk.
  8. Add most of the grated cheese, yogurt and cans of chopped green chilies. Stir well and remove.
  9. In a large bowl, stir together pasta, red pepper, black beans and sauce. Mix well to make sure there are no dry spots. Pour into a 9x13 baking dish. Top with leftover shredded cheese and bake for 15 minutes (until heated through). Garnish with cilantro (optional). Serve hot.
  10. Enjoy! :)
Nutrition Facts
Chile Con Queso Pasta Bake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 613 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 87mg29%
Sodium 574mg25%
Potassium 593mg17%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 1110IU22%
Vitamin C 19.9mg24%
Calcium 344mg34%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.