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Aug 18 2009

Southwestern Pasta Alfredo

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Here is a neat twist on the classic alfredo pasta. You must know by now that I love spicy food. So, here is how I tried to add some spice to the good ol’ alfredo.

I am using store bought alfredo sauce, just to save some time, but you can make your own. This is a vegeratian version of the pasta, and would taste great with some grilled chicken or chorizo. I have used a penne pasta here, but any short cut of pasta will do.

Southwestern Pasta Alfredo
Ingredients:
3 cups pasta, uncooked
1 medium onion, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1/2 cup corn kernels
1/2 cup cooked black beans
2 Chipotle in Adobo sauce
1 tsp cumin powder
1 cup light Alfredo sauce
1 Tbsp olive oil
salt & pepper
Cilantro to garnish

Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package. Before draining the pasta reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid.

In a large saute pan, heat the oil and add the onions and garlic. Allow to cook for a couple of minutes and then add the bell peppers. Cook until they are softened. Add the corn and black beans. Chop the chipotle peppers very fine and add them to the pan along with the cumin. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for another 2 minutes. Add the alfredo sauce and lower the heat to low. Add 3/4 cups of the pasta cooking liquid. Stir well. Toss the pasta and garnish with cilantro.

Note: If you cannot find chipotle in adobo, you can add 1/2 tsp of Chipotle powder or mexican chilli powder.

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