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Mexican Pasta Casserole

What you need: 

1/2 pound rotini (corkscrew) pasta
1 tablespoon olive or canola oil
1/2 cup yellow onion
12 ounces vegan taco "meat"
1 cup corn
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (14.5 ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes with green chiles
10 ounces vegan cheddar cheese, shredded, divided

What you do: 

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Cook pasta until al dente, according to package directions. Saute onion in oil on medium-high heat until transparent.
2. Lower heat to medium-low and add and mash taco "meat" to onion until well mixed. Add corn to mixture and mix until well mixed. Add tomato sauce and tomatoes to "meat" mixture and combine well.
3. Spread half of the "meat" mixture along the bottom of a 9" x 13" baking dish. Drain cooked pasta and poor over the "meat" mixture. Pour remaining sauce mixture over the pasta and mix.
4. Sprinkle and mix in about 2/3 of the shredded cheese with the pasta and "meat" mixture. Mix until well combined. Sprinkle remaining 1/3 cheese evenly over the top.
5. Cover with foil, and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake on broil about 5 minutes until cheese is lightly browned (watch closely so it doesn’t burn!).

Preparation Time: 
45 minute
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
8
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

I just finished a big bowl of this and it was quite good. :)  I used Mexican hot tomato sauce and threw some fresh sliced jalapeños on top.  Will definitely make this one again!

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Thanks for the reviews!  I'd say I actually use closer to 1 cup of chopped onion rather than 1/2 cup, but I can't edit the recipe once it's posted.

I like to make a batch of this and eat the leftovers for a few days, but it seems a little dry by the next day, so I might double the tomato sauce next time I make it.  (Though my meat-and-dairy-eating husband loves it and never complains about that!)

Enjoy... and someone post a better picture!  :)

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Super delicious! I used about twice as much onion, taco seasoned smart ground, and added some jalepenos and my meat-eating boyfriend loved it too! Will definitely make it again!  :)

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This recipe came out quite delicious. Even my non-vegan daughter-in-law liked it. I think  next time I will add some chopped bell peppers to add a little  flavor and more veggies.

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Very, very good. This recipe was extremely easy to make and turned out quite delicious.

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