Southwestern Casserole

INGREDIENTS


PREPARATION

1. Cook macaroni according to package directions.

2. Meanwhile, in large saucepan, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink.

3. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.

4. Stir in the tomatoes, beans, tomato paste, chilies and seasonings. Bring to a boil.

5. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

6. Drain macaroni; stir into beef mixture.

7. Transfer to two greased 2-qt. baking dishes. Top with cheese and jalapenos.

8. Cover and bake at 375°F for 30 minutes.

9. Uncover; bake 10 minutes longer or until bubbly and heated through.

10. Serve one casserole.

11. Cool the second casserole; cover and freeze for up to 3 months.