|Cast of Characters. Ole'|
|Step 1: Making the Mexican marinara sauce. Add a can of crushed tomatoes and one bottle of taco sauce to a large pot.|
Add one can of tomato paste.
|Add a splash of water (needed for the uncooked pasta to cook better), stir and bring to simmer.|
|Step 2: The filling. To a bowl of cottage cheese (2 containers) add one egg.|
|One tablespoon of flour.|
|A handful of any kind of cheese. The original Italian recipe calls for Parmesan, I wanted to stick with hispanic flavors so I used Queso Fresco- a light, moist cheese similar to ricotta.|
|Small can of diced green chilies. This is optional and they are not spicy, just add amazing flavor. Combine all ingredients.|
|Add chopped bell pepper to browned ground beef or turkey.|
|One packet of taco seasoning. (I have an easy and delicious homemade recipe for taco seasoning, but I ran out for today's dish.)|
|One can of corn. This was a last minute addition, I was feelin' sassy so I threw it in. Love the colors!|
|One cup of sauce and layer uncooked noodles on top.|
|Then a layer of cheese filling, and then the meat filling. Repeat and then top liberally with shredded cheese.|
|Bake 45-60 minutes at 350 degrees.|
|Garnish with sour cream, chives and black olives. Gives 'Spaghetti Westerns' a whole new meaning!|
Nail Color: Essie 'Turquoise and Caicos'