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tex-mex pasta bake

Easy Tex-Mex Pasta Bake – Lightened Up

  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: main dish
  • Method: oven


This Tex-Mex Pasta Bake is made with simple, good-for-you ingredients. Perfect for satisfying your craving for Mexican food.


Units Scale
  • 8 oz uncooked rigatoni, ziti or penne pasta
  • 1/2 lb of ground turkey or beef (even leftover chicken or beef fajitas works)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 package of taco seasoning
  • 1 3/4 cups frozen corn
  • 1 cup of black beans
  • 2/3 cup of chunky salsa
  • 1 16 oz container of cottage cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp of minced cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup of shredded low fat Monterrey Jack Cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cook pasta according to directions.  Drain, rinse and set aside.
  3. Combine ground meat, onion and taco seasoning in a large non-stick skillet, cooking over med-high heat, until turkey is no longer pink, about 5 minutes.  Stir in corn, salsa and beans.  Remove from heat
  4. Combine cottage cheese, egg, cilantro, white pepper, salt and cumin in bowl.
  5. Spoon 1/2 of turkey mixture into the bottom of a well-greased 11.5  by 7.5 inch baking dish.  Top with pasta.  Spoon cottage cheese mixture over pasta.  Top with remaining turkey mixture.  Sprinkle Monterey Jack cheese over casserole.
  6. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until heated through.


  • Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
  • Calories: 381

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