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Chili Cheddar Penne

Ingredients

  • 1-1/3 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 4 teaspoons butter
  • 4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups 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.

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Reviews

Average Rating: 4.454545
  • cooksforpleasure
    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.

  • Mush63
    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!

  • cobysmom
    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

  • cobysmom
    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

  • JustLikeMoms
    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!

  • slug9000
    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.

  • 1955chevy
    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.

  • Carol39110
    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.

  • lalalooser
    Dec 31, 1969

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

  • scrambledwithcheese
    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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