Spicy Southwestern Pasta
photo by Karen Elizabeth
- Ready In:
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
- 1⁄4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste, I use more than that)
- 2 teaspoons chili powder (again, you may want more)
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chilies
- 1 (7 ounce) can roasted red peppers, drained and diced
- 1 (16 ounce) can black beans, drained
- 1 1⁄2 cups frozen corn kernels
- 1⁄2 cup light sour cream
- 1 lb pasta, cooked al dente (rotelle, wagon wheels or penne work well)
- 1 1⁄2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (reduced fat version if you like)
- Brown onions and garlic in large skillet over medium heat, using a little water or a small amount of oil.
- Add crushed tomatoes, cumin, salt, pepper, chili powder, oregano and pepper flakes.
- Mix well and bring to a simmer.
- Reduce heat to low and cook, covered for about 15 minutes.
- Add green chiles, red peppers, beans and corn. Mix well and cook for 5 more minutes.
- Remove 1/2 cup of the mixture from the pan, mix it with the sour cream and then add this mixture back into the pan and mix well.
- To serve, place 1 cup of cooked pasta on each plate and top each serving with about 1 cup of the sauce.
- Top with 3 tablespoons of the grated cheese.
- I often combine the last steps and mix 2 or 3 cups of cooked pasta and the cheese right in with the sauce and serve the whole meal right out of the skillet.
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Very much enjoyed, love the combination of beans, corn and tomatoes with the spices, this has a good bite without being too hot. Easily and quickly prepared, it was ideal for a weeknight supper. I served this on spaghetti and it was a very nice 'something different'! This sauce would be really nice on rice too, maybe some guacamole.... pretty versatile! Thanks, Pattikay, made for Think Pink, October 2009
Delicious! This recipe is awesome and it's easy to play with. We cooked our own black beans beforehand to eliminate some of the extra sodium. We also added some hot sauce when it was served. Since it's just my boyfriend and I we got a lot of meals out of this recipe. When reheating I added a little salsa to mine and it was great! Thanks for the recipe.
Perfect amount of heat in this recipe! DH did not even complain that it was meatless. I did need to make to slight changes. I did not have frozen corn so I used a 15 ounce can of corn. Also no can of roasted peppers so I made my own using Recipe #18589. Everything turn out great. I made this for ZWT III 2007 game - United States Region
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