Easy Queso Shells With Fresh Cilantro and Tomatoes

Make an easy Mexican-style pasta by adding canned tomatoes and green chiles, cheese and sour cream to a package of macaroni shells and cheese.


Makes 4 to 6 servings

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes


1 (12-oz.) package VELVEETA Shells & Cheese Dinner
1 (10-oz.) can diced tomatoes and green chiles
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
PAM Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
1 cup shredded mild Cheddar cheese
Peeled tomato slices (optional)
Fresh cilantro sprigs (optional)


1. Prepare shells and cheese according to package directions in a medium saucepan.

2. Process diced tomatoes and green chiles in a food processor or blender until minced. Stir minced tomatoes into prepared shells and cheese in pan. Stir together sour cream and chopped cilantro; add to shells and cheese mixture, stirring until well blended.

3. Coat a 2-qt. baking dish with cooking spray. Pour shells and cheese mixture into dish; sprinkle with shredded Cheddar cheese.

4. Microwave mixture at HIGH 2 to 4 minutes or until cheese is melted. Top with tomato slices and cilantro sprigs, if desired.

Amy Weems, Giddings, Texas,

Southern Living

January 2007