Prep Time
25 Mins
Cook Time
45 Mins
Stand Time
15 Mins
Serves: 10

Southwestern Chicken-Pasta Bake incorporates all the flavors from that region. This hearty baked dish is an excellent way to use leftover chicken, and it freezes well for future meals.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F; mist a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta until al dente, about 10 minutes or as package directs. Drain.

Step 2

Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper, onion, garlic, cumin, chili powder and 2 tsp. salt; sauté until onion is tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Add tomato paste and cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes longer.

Step 3

Whisk in flour until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk. Cook, whisking, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Add diced tomatoes and 1 cup cheese. Cook, whisking, for 1 minute or until cheese melts.

Step 4

Remove from heat. Stir in chicken and pasta. Scrape into baking dish; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake until bubbly, 20 to 25 minutes. (Preheat broiler to high and broil casserole for a minute to brown, if desired.) Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro, if desired; serve.

Ratings & Reviews

fricket2fracket's Review

June 19, 2014
This was a relatively easy recipe to put together. I have knocked off points because my partner feel this dish needed more salt, some chipotle or some Mexican seasoning to enhance the pasta bake. Also I found the dish to be a bit greasy from all the butter. Perhaps some more diced tomatoes and chilies to replace some of the moisture and taste in the sauce and make a the sauce thicken with less butter or a cornstarch slurry.

RiverM's Review

June 04, 2014

TheMomChef's Review

July 16, 2013
Very tasty recipe and an excellent way to use up leftover chicken. Even our seven year-old asked for seconds. You can read my full review at Taking On Magazines: