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Chili Cheddar Penne Recipe

Chili Cheddar Penne Recipe

There's plenty of saucy, cheese flavor in Chili Cheddar Penne, from Aaron Werner of Madison, Wisconsin. Taco seasoning and canned chilies give it a zippy Southwestern flare. Make it as spicy as you like by using mild or hot chilies and regular or spicy taco seasoning. Make this dish as spicy as you like by using mild or hot chilies, as well as regular or spicy taco seasoning. Save the rest of the taco seasoning packet to use for another dish.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/3 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 4 teaspoons butter
  • 4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 teaspoons taco seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 2/3 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, drained
  • Sliced avocado, optional

Directions

  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • 2. Reduce heat to medium. Stir in the cheese, taco seasoning and salt. Cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Drain pasta; stir into cheese sauce. Cook and stir for 3 minutes or until heated through.
  • 3. Stir in the corn, tomatoes and chilies just until combined. Garnish with avocado if desired. Yield: 6 servings.

Reviews for Chili Cheddar Penne

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cooksforpleasure User ID: 7174729 109121
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2014

"This dish was a hit with my family. I added 1 lb of lean ground beef, used 1 whole pck of taco seasoning, and substituted 1 15 oz can of petite diced tomatoes, undrained, in place of the chopped fresh tomatoes. I will definitely make this again."

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Mush63 User ID: 313688 82980
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2012

"This was fantastic and so easy. The only changes I made were to omit the corn and salt, and I used bruschetta I had on hand instead of fresh tomatoes. The recipe easily doubled and there was LOTS of sauce, so I could have increased the pasta even more. Definitely a keeper!"

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cobysmom User ID: 3634107 136781
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2011

"This was a huge hit with everyone from my husband to my 3yr old and my very picky mother in law!! i doubled the recipe and used a whole box of penne and added hamburger and pinto beans to make it a main course. this will definatley be added to our menu regularly :) thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe"

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cobysmom User ID: 3634107 162388
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2011

"This was a huge hit with everyone from my husband to my 3yr old and my very picky mother in law!! i doubled the recipe and used a whole box of penne and added hamburger and pinto beans to make it a main course. this will definatley be added to our menu regularly :) thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe"

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JustLikeMoms User ID: 6108618 88613
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2011

"This is one of my new favorites. It's very quick and easy, and tastes great. I love the southwestern flare. We like our food a bit spicy, so I use hot & spicy taco mix to boost the spice factor. I add some ground beef or diced/shredded chicken to make this a substantial main dish. Can't say how it tastes leftover... my fiance always devours the leftovers before I get a chance to find out for myself. Must taste alright then!"

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slug9000 User ID: 3827284 83314
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2010

"This was OK. Not my favorite. It might've been different with a different type of cheese or with a spicier taco seasoning. I though the cheese didn't melt that well (even with the roux) and I would recommend using Velveeta or another cheese that melts well."

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1955chevy User ID: 3236923 63393
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2010

"This is one of my favorite side dishes. It's worth the time to make. Doesn't taste so good as a leftover though."

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Carol39110 User ID: 1932804 154577
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2009

"I left out the corn and tomatoes so my family would eat it. I also topped it with slices of pepperjack cheese. Everyone loved it."

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lalalooser User ID: 2844990 88584
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2009

"When I make this I also use ground beef, makes it a little more of a complete meal instead of just a side dish."

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scrambledwithcheese User ID: 1233902 82978
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2008

"This was very good. I used regular taco seasoning and mild green chilies, but next time I would use spicy versions of both. Also I used shredded sharp cheddar but next time I would use mild or medium cheddar as the sharp cheddar was a little too strong. I will definitely make this again."

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