Southwestern Macaroni & Cheese
southwestern macaroni cheese

Southwestern Macaroni & Cheese

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

The Story Behind the Recipe
25 min
50 min


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, drained

4 ounces (1 cup) shredded pepper jack cheese


2/3 cup chopped tomato

3 tablespoons sliced green onion

Chopped fresh cilantro, if desired

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350°F.

  2. STEP 2

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

  3. STEP 3

    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.

  4. STEP 4

    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.)

  5. STEP 5

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

Tip #1

- Add corn, green chiles or other southwestern ingredients.

Tip #2

- Add cooked chicken or beef for a hearty dinner.


19Fat (mg)
50Cholesterol (mg)
790Sodium (mg)
50Carbohydrates (g)
6Dietary Fiber
23Protein (g)


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  October 03, 2012

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!

— says ElaineV
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