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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Enchilada Penne

1 lb. Lean Ground Hamburger
1 medium yellow onion diced
1/2 bell pepper diced (any color will do)
1 large stalk celery diced
1 heaping tablespoon chili powder
salt and pepper to taste

1 19 oz. can of Old El Paso Enchilada Sauce (Mild)
1 10 oz. can of Rotel Original Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies
1 8 oz. package of Philly Cream Cheese cubed

There are two ways to prepare this depending on how much time you have.

8 oz. Penne right out of the box.. or

8 oz. Penne Pasta prepared al dente in salted water reserving 1 cup of pasta water for later use if needed.  This can be done while browning the hamburger.

In large skillet w/cover break up and brown hamburger, just before hamburger is "done" add the onion, bell pepper and celery.  Cook until onion starts to soften.  Next add the chili powder.  Mix until you start to smell the chili powder release it's flavors.

Next add the Enchilada Sauce and Rotel Tomatoes.  Heat until it starts to bubble, add the Cubed Cream Cheese.  Stir until melted, reduce heat.

If you are in a hurry add the al dente penne and coat, cover and let simmer about 10 minutes.

If you have time on your hands add the uncooked penne cover and simmer until pasta is done.  **You may need to add additional water or tomato sauce (about 1 cup) if mixture gets too dry before pasta is finished.

When ready to serve top with grated Pepper Jack cheese.  Enjoy.

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