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Santa Fe Penne Primavera w/Cumin-Ancho Chile Cream Sauce

Santa Fe Penne Primavera w/Cumin-Ancho Chile Cream Sauce created by HeatherFeather

This was my entry in the Zaar Ready Set Cook Contest. I gathered the contest ingredients on my counter and just started cooking. I kept tasting and adding different flavors until I got something I could be proud of. The day I made this, my daughter had one of her friends over and they were my taste testers. They loved it and I hope you will too.

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directions

  • Have all of your ingredients prepped and ready to go before you start cooking.
  • (Start boiling the water for your pasta and cook it according to package directions.) Meanwhile, add approximately 1 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil and 2 Tbsp fresh chopped garlic to a large,heavy,deep nonstick skillet and set the heat to medium-high.
  • Add the ground meat to the pan and cook, stirring often,to brown the meat, breaking up any lumps with your spoon so it crumbles.
  • Once the meat has fully cooked (about 5 minutes or so), use a slotted spoon to remove it to a small bowl and set aside; drain any remaining fat/oil from the pan and wipe dry with a paper towel (watch out for your fingers).
  • Using the same skillet, add approximately 1 teaspoon more oil to the pan, along with 1 teaspoon of garlic and all of the chopped red onions.
  • Saute,over medium-high heat, about 2 minutes or until onion is translucent& lightly browned, stirring often.
  • (Don't forget to check on your pasta).
  • As soon as the onions have softened a bit and are lightly browned, add the peppers to the pan and continue to stir about 1-2 minutes more.
  • Add the zucchini and the corn, stirring to coat well.
  • Add the seasoned salt and about 8 grinds of black pepper, stirring well to coat the vegetables.
  • Let the veggies cook about 5 minutes- stirring often- until they are still a bit crisp, but just beginning to soften& brown.
  • (Check on your pasta again).
  • Return the meat to the pan, and also add all of the remaining spices (cumin,Cajun seasoning, Ancho Chile powder,and a 2-4 splashes of hot sauce to taste), stirring to combine.
  • Lower the heat just a bit to medium and slowly pour in the evaporated milk, stirring constantly to blend.
  • Add the sour cream and the cheese and stir until everything has blended together.
  • Raise the heat back to medium-high and let the sauce cook down just a bit- about 5 minutes or so, stirring- it will be quite thin, you may a dd a little more sour cream if you prefer it a bit thicker.
  • Test the flavor for seasonings- adding a little more salt, hot sauce, cumin,etc if needed to suit your tastes.
  • Toss drained, hot pasta with a little olive oil or butter to taste- just enough to keep it from sticking together (optional step).
  • Divide pasta among 4 large dinner plates and ladle out the sauce into the center of each.
  • Place a dollop of sour cream in the very center of each portion and sprinkle some freshly chopped cilantro leaves over all.
  • Serve immediately.
  • NOTE:*You may use prechopped, bottled fresh garlic if desired.
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"This was my entry in the Zaar Ready Set Cook Contest. I gathered the contest ingredients on my counter and just started cooking. I kept tasting and adding different flavors until I got something I could be proud of. The day I made this, my daughter had one of her friends over and they were my taste testers. They loved it and I hope you will too."
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  1. HeatherFeather
    Santa Fe Penne Primavera w/Cumin-Ancho Chile Cream Sauce Created by HeatherFeather
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  2. Mister Chef Man
    Not the worst thing I ever tasted. I wonder if I did something wrong. It seemed to me like Hamburgur Helper. The spice was good but the dish seemed to be a bit flavorless otherwise. I may try this one again but with heavy modification.
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  3. Kate in Ontario
    Excellent one dish dinner. I used ground beef and evaporated milk. We enjoyed it as it was and I wouldn't change a thing.
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  4. Geema
    This recipe gets my vote...great presentation, taste and instructions!
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  5. HeatherFeather
    This was my entry in the Zaar Ready Set Cook Contest. I gathered the contest ingredients on my counter and just started cooking. I kept tasting and adding different flavors until I got something I could be proud of. The day I made this, my daughter had one of her friends over and they were my taste testers. They loved it and I hope you will too.
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