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SOUTH OF THE BORDER BAKED RIGATONI
I love baked rigatoni and one day I wanted to make it but I only had a can of diced tomatoes with Mexican spices and chilis in it so I figured what the heck and went with the whole South of the Border Theme. It turned out great and now I do it all the time only with regular diced tomatoes.
You'll see I've used Italian Sausage along with the ground sirloin. That's because I always do this mix of meats for my regular Italian version and I also do it with my special Taco Salad and I love it. There's something about that fennel in the Italian Sausage that works even with the Mexican spices!
You can go with Spicy Italian Sausage and hotter green chilies if you like to bring the heat and feel free to mix up the cheeses, I've often added Mozzarella, Monterey Jack, whatever!
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