I made much of this the night before. I boiled the penne, fried the veggies and mixed in the tomatoes, beans, chicken and seasoning. Then cooled and covered it for overnight storage. Today I only had to add chopped cilantro, green onions and shredded cheese before baking. (Baked an extra 10 minutes because it was cold to start.) Even though I also added fried garlic, 2 bay leaves and some fresh chili powder, I found the recipe somewhat lacking. It needed something that tasted fresh and tangy to offset the "dry and heavy" flavours of beans, cheese, chicken, pasta, etc. Maybe some freshly chopped tomatoes or pico de gallo? My hubby loved this, as did my guests, so I'm still giving it 4 stars.
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I made much of this the night before. I boiled the penne, fried the veggies and mixed in the...