Thursday, April 2, 2009

Recipe Thursday: Tex-Mex Cavatappi


Good Morning!

As promised, here is this week's recipe. Tex-Mex Cavatappi is from my Food and Wine "Pasta from Scratch" cookbook This is a super easy dish that comes together quickly. The salsa in the sauce really adds a unique and wonderful flavor. Be sure to get a salsa that you like to eat by itself (with chips). After all, if you don't like to eat with chips etc, you probably won't like it in this sauce.
Also, you can substitute any short pasta for the cavatappi, if you prefer.

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1lb ground beef
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 cups chunky tomato salsa
3/4lb cavatappi
2 tsp lime juice or red wine vinegar
1/4 cup chopped cilantro or parsley
6 oz sharp cheddar cheese, grated.

Directions:

--Heat the oil in a pan over moderately high heat. Brown the beef about 3-5 minutes
--Add the chili powder, salt/pepper
--Add the salsa and simmer over low heat about 10 minutes
--Cook the pasta according to directions and drain
--Toss the pasta with sauce, lime juice, cilantro (or parsley) and one cup of cheese.
--Stir until cheese has melted
--Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.

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