This is a simple dish, if you let it be.
No-boil noodles, a jar of salsa, four cans of beans, and some cheese.
Or you could make things complicated by making your own noodles–pictured are noodles that were made from a standard egg noodle recipe, but with masa harina subbed for half the flour. They just needed a little extra water and some coaxing (via folds and passes through the pasta roller) to smooth out.
You could make your own salsa.
You could throw in some fancy cheese. (You may notice some decidedly un-fancy cottage cheese in the pic–I didn’t want to go to the grocery store!)
You could…um…well…not sure how you could fancify beans.
I think we’ve made this dish enough times that I can say with confidence:
keep it simple.