It's hilarious how some of the best recipes are created as a byproduct of laziness. Like this one, for example. I wanted macaroni and cheese (when is anyone NOT craving the stuff?). I was too lazy to make a cheese sauce. But I was picky in my laziness. I wanted a Mexican theme.
Then I remembered a salsa my friend bought for our New Years dinner. It was spicy, flavourful and tasted cheesy, even though it wasn't technically a cheese sauce.
So it was born. This is dedicated to parents, university students and all the lazy people out there, who want to eat something delicious, but can't be bothered to put the effort into making it. This is for you.
*Note: I only put 1/2 of a hot pepper in this because the salsa had a kick already. If you like your food with more of a roundhouse kick to the face, feel free to add the whole thing!
Salso Con Queso Pasta (aka The Lazy Delicious)
- 6 cups of uncooked short pasta
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 green pepper, diced
- 1/2 hot pepper (Jalapeño or finger-peppers)
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 400 ml jar of salsa con queso
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup Parmesan
- 1/4 cup breadcrumbs mixed with 1 tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper, to taste
Boil a pot of salted water. Add pasta and cook until al dante.
Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a 9x13" casserole dish.
While the pasta is cooking, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and both peppers. Cook for another 5 minutes. Add oregano, and season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and set aside.
Once pasta is cooked, drain it before returning it to the pot. Add the pepper mixture and salsa and stir to coat. Pour into casserole dish and top with cheese and breadcrumbs. Bake, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes, or until the top is an epic golden brown.