Southwestern Macaroni & Cheese

Southwestern Macaroni & Cheese

Hot pepper jack cheese, salsa and black beans add a twist to ordinary macaroni & cheese.

25 min. prep time
6 servings
141 Rating


Macaroni & Cheese

8 ounces (2 cups) uncooked dried rotini or fusilli
8 ounces Land O Lakes® Deli American, chopped
1/2 cup milk
2/3 cup thick and chunky salsa
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed, well-drained
4 ounces (1 cup) shredded pepper jack cheese


2/3 cup chopped tomato
3 tablespoons sliced green onion
Chopped fresh cilantro, if desired


Heat oven to 350°F.

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Place cooked pasta into lightly greased 1 1/2-quart casserole dish; set aside.

Combine cheese slices and milk in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, 5-8 minutes or until cheese is melted. Stir in salsa. Pour cheese mixture over pasta; stir to combine.

Top with black beans and pepper jack cheese. Bake 25-30 minutes or until bubbly around edges and cheese is melted. (Cover with aluminum foil if cheese is browning too quickly.)

Garnish with chopped tomatoes, green onions and cilantro just before serving, if desired.

Recipe Tip

- Add corn, green chiles or other southwestern ingredients.

- Add cooked chicken or beef for a hearty dinner.

Read more about this recipe on Recipe Buzz® Blog.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 480

Fat: 19g

Cholesterol: 50mg

Sodium: 790mg

Carbohydrates: 50g

Dietary Fiber: 6g

Protein: 23g

Recipe #14457©2008Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

I really liked this recipe! It would have been 5 stars if i would have added meat. I didnt use american cheese i used Velveeta!

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