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Tex-Mex Pasta Bake Recipe

Tex-Mex Pasta Bake

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"This layered casserole is sure to become one of your family's favorites. Ground turkey or chicken can be substituted for the ground beef. Serve with steamed broccoli and Nestle® Toll House® Chocolate Chip Cookies with ice cream for dessert."

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  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    55 mins

    1 hr 5 mins


  1. PREHEAT oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. COMBINE creamed spinach and cream cheese in medium bowl. Combine pasta, salsa, beef, tomato sauce and chili powder in large bowl. Spoon 1/2 of pasta mixture into 13x9-inch baking pan; top with spinach mixture. Top with remaining pasta; cover.
  3. BAKE for 30 minutes; uncover. Sprinkle with cheese; bake for additional 5 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 23, 2005

Super recipe. The spinich seems odd but it is the ingredient that makes the dish sooo good. I am dieting so I modified a bit. I used fat free cream cheese, 2% low fat cheddar cheese, & substituted 3 (boiled & shredded) boneless, skinless chicken breasts instead of the beef.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 20, 2014

I made this recipes exactly as it was written. The first three bites were good, but after that the flavors just didn't taste right together anymore.


11 Ratings

Jan 06, 2003

The whole family liked this one and that is definitely worthy of five stars in our house. I couldn't find the creamed spinach so I just bought spinach and creamed it myself which was easy and the other thing is forget the bowls, just more mess to clean up. I mixed the spinach mixture in the spinach pot and the noodle mixture in the noodle pot;worked out great. We'll make this one again.

Dec 22, 2005

this was a big hit the both times i've made it - i use a yogurt/cream cheese mixture and it's delicious.

Feb 17, 2004

This was DELICIOUS!! I was a little skeptical about the creamy spinach flavour mixing with the meaty mexican pasta flavour, but WOW...what a flavour sensation! This was one of the best casseroles I have ever fixed. I could not find creamed spinach, so I just defrosted some chopped spinach and added a little milk and sour cream to the pot while it was defrosting. Then I added the cream cheese. I did not mix in bowls per the recipe, as I felt it was an unessecary step. I had the 3 pot on the store (beef, pasta, and spinach) and then mixed the spinach in the spinach pot and the pasta, meat, salsa etc. in the beef pot. My husband said that this is his new favorite meal! Thanks!!!! I would give it 6 stars if I could!!

Jan 13, 2003

DELICIOUS!! my family loved it, and it is easy to make. Served with a salad and rolls makes a great meal.

Jun 13, 2006

We love this recipe! I only use about 1/2 lb of meat and sometimes use Rotel instead of salsa, and I usually make my own version of the creamed spinach, because I have a hard time finding what the recipe calls for, but it always turns out great.

Mar 30, 2005

Have made this many times and it has always been good. If you're not into spinach and like spicy, use two packages of cream cheese and mix in 1/4 to 1/2 cup of diced jalapenos when softening it.


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  • Calories
  • 543 kcal
  • 27%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 37.1 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 98 mg
  • 33%
  • Fat
  • 34 g
  • 52%
  • Fiber
  • 4.1 g
  • 16%
  • Protein
  • 22.5 g
  • 45%
  • Sodium
  • 823 mg
  • 33%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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