2 cups COOKED pasta (rotini or ziti)
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/4 cup diced onion
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced, optional
1 cup COOKED/BROWNED ground meat (turkey, beef, venison)
2/3 cup refried beans
1 1/2 cups red enchilada sauce
1/2 envelope taco seasoning
salt to taste
1 cup shredded jalapeno jack cheese
sliced green onion and cilantro for garnish
Preheat oven to 350°
In a large saute pan, add oil and saute the red bell, onion and jalapeno until soft.
Stir in cooked meat, 1/2 cup enchilada sauce, refried beans, taco seasoning, and salt.
Cook for 5 minutes and add 1/2 cup shredded cheese and pasta and stir to combine.
In the bottom of a 8x8 glass baking dish, evenly pour in 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce.
Pour in meat mixture and top with 1/2 cup enchilada sauce.
Bake covered for 25 minutes.
Top with 1/2 cup shredded cheese and bake, uncovered for 5 more minutes.
Top with green onion and cilantro. ENJOY!!