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Tex Mex Pasta Bake

Ingredients

For the sauce:

1 lb ground beef

1 lb ground sausage (I prefer hot, but you may substitute with mild.)

2 packs taco seasoning

2 tsp garlic powder

1 (29 oz) can crushed tomatoes

1 (29 oz) can tomato puree

Pasta:

1 lb pasta (your choice of shape)

Cheeses:

8 oz Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded

8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Your choice of garnishes such as:

Black olives

lettuce

cilantro

tomatoes

sour cream

salsa

avocado

Directions

  1. Cook pasta about one minute less than directed on the package.  This will prevent the pasta from becoming too soft during the baking process.

  2. Drain the pasta and set aside.

  3. Brown the meat in a saucepan and add all other ingredients for the sauce.

  4. Cook for about ten minutes.

  5. Spray a casserole dish with baking spray to prevent sticking.

  6. Layer the pasta, sauce and cheeses by alternating each layer.

  7. Finish off with cheese on top.

  8. Bake on 350 degrees until bubbly and slightly brown on top.

  9. Remove and let it rest for about ten minutes before serving.

  10. Top with your choice of garnishes.