Recipe: Perfect Southwest Pasta

Southwest Pasta. Pasta, black beans, corn, and bell peppers with Rotel and taco seasoning. One pot pasta recipes are so easy! Pasta is tossed with a zesty dressing of lime juice, chili powder and cumin.

Southwest Pasta Southwestern Pasta Salad I created this southwestern pasta salad for a friend of mine who owns a catering business. I was told it was a hit at her events and it's now among the most-requested dishes. Today I'm sharing this super easy southwest pasta salad recipe. You can cook Southwest Pasta using 12 ingredients and 4 steps. Here is how you cook that.

Ingredients of Southwest Pasta

  1. You need 8 oz of linguini, or pasta of your choice.
  2. You need 1 clove of garlic, minced.
  3. Prepare 15 oz of canned black beans, drained & rinsed.
  4. You need 1 tbsp of vegetable oil.
  5. You need 15 oz of canned diced tomatoes, undrained.
  6. You need 1/2 cup of picante sauce.
  7. Prepare 1/4 tsp of onion powder.
  8. Prepare 1 tsp of chili powder.
  9. It’s 1 tsp of ground cumin.
  10. It’s 1/4 tsp of dried oregano.
  11. Prepare 4 oz of shredded Colby Jack cheese blend.
  12. It’s 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro.

I absolutely love southwest and Mexican food – so it's the perfect way to include all your favorite southwest flavors into the perfect potluck salad. It has a super delicious chili lime vinaigrette dressing. Then it's filled with black beans, corn, bell peppers, red onion. It's loaded with veggies and protein and coated in a deliciously simple and healthy southwest dressing.

Southwest Pasta step by step

  1. Cool pasta according to package directions. Drain..
  2. Heat vegetable oil in large skillet over medium high heat until hot. Add garlic. Saute for a few seconds. Add undrained tomatoes, picante sauce, black beans, chili powder, cumin & oregano and mix well. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low & cover..
  3. Simmer sauce, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Remove cover. Increase heat to medium high. Cook, stirring frequently until reach desired consistently, about 5 minutes..
  4. Add pasta to sauce. Toss. Serve with cheese & cilantro sprinkled on top..

It's loaded with veggies and protein and coated in a deliciously simple and healthy southwest dressing. Eventually I settled on Southwest Pasta Salad, because I think with the flavors and colors in this salad, that name suits it best. There are so many things that I love about pasta salads like this. For one, you can make it and then eat it for lunch for a few days. Mix cream cheese spread, seasoning and milk until blended.