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Southwest Bean and Chicken Pasta

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.

Makes

6 servings

"My wife, Jennie, is a wonderful cook who’s generally skeptical about my kitchen experiments. But she likes this recipe well enough to give me temporary kitchen privileges…and even encouraged me to enter this contest! If you can’t find the soup called for here, nacho or cheese soup make easy substitutes," suggests Mike Kirschbaum in Cary, North Carolina.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups uncooked mostaccioli
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed nacho cheese soup, undiluted
  • 1 package (9 ounces) ready-to-use Southwestern chicken strips
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, optional

Directions

  1. Cook mostaccioli according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute onion and red pepper in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the soup, chicken and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 8 minutes.
  2. Stir in beans; heat through. Drain mostaccioli; transfer to a serving bowl; top with chicken mixture. Sprinkle with cheese if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1-2/3 cups: 343 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 753mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 5g fiber), 22g protein.

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