Southwestern Pasta

READY IN: 20mins
Recipe by Ilysse

As far as I know, I invented this. I had a craving one day and went with it and this is what happened. I like to use a sweet BBQ sauce to contrast the hot sauce but use what you like best.

Top Review by ellie_

Delish and a dish kids would love and it takes no time at all! I used the whole box of pasta (16 oz) doubled the sauce ingredients plus a bit extra cheese, using all corn (and no beans) and my ds and I polished off almost the whole bowl (with just enough left over for his lunch tomorrow). Thanks for sharing this keeper which we will be making often of busy days!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan and pour in cream and cheese.
  2. Cook over med-low heat stirring frequently to melt cheese.
  3. Meanwhile cook pasta as directed on package.
  4. If you use frozen corn add them to the pasta just before draining. Reserve about a 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking liquid.
  5. Combine the cheese mixture and the pasta mixing well.
  6. Use the cooking liquid if the sauce gets too thick (you may not need any).
  7. Stir in beans and canned corn (if you didn't use the frozen).
  8. Toss well to coat and add hot sauce if you desire.
  9. Place on a serving plate and drizzel with BBQ sauce to taste (I like to make a star pattern(*) on the pasta)but do not mix inches.

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