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Fajita Pasta Bake

close shot of the fajita pasta bake in the casserole dish

Fajita pasta bake combines all the savory flavors of fajitas in a cheesy pasta! Loaded with chicken, corn, beans, onions, and a warm enchilada sauce. The whole family will love this!

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Ingredients

3 cups penne pasta
1 cup shredded rotisserie chicken
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2oz cream cheese
1 orange pepper, diced
4 tablespoons diced red onion
1/2 cup canned corn, drained
1/2 cup canned black beans, drained
2 1/2 tablespoons fajita seasoning
3 oz tomato paste
1 and 1/4 cup chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
2 cups sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
Sour cream for garnishing

Instructions

1. Bring a salted pot of water to boil and cook the penne pasta 11-12 minutes.

2. While the pasta water is coming to a boil, shred the chicken, dice the onions and pepper, grate the cheese.

3. In a pan over medium heat, heat the extra virgin olive oil and add the orange pepper and red onion and cook for 10 minutes.

4. Add the cream cheese to the pan and stir to melt, then add the tomato paste and fajita seasoning and stir to combine. Add the chicken broth, stirring to make the creamy sauce. Add the garlic powder, chili powder, corn, black beans, and chicken. Bring to a light boil to thicken, then reduce heat and simmer about 5 minutes.

5. To a casserole dish, add your pasta, then cover with the sauce and stir until all the noodles are coated. Top with the shredded Cheddar cheese and broil on high for 3 and 1/2 minutes until the cheese is browned and bubbly. Serve with sour cream and top with more diced red onions for crunch!

Notes

You can use a red pepper in place of an orange pepper.

If you want, make this vegetarian and omit the chicken. I’ve eaten this meatless and think it’s delicious with and without the chicken!

Keywords: fajita pasta bake

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