Here’s another one of those versatile, simple meals that requires little time and can be made with things you already have in your pantry. It’s relatively low-fat too! It starts out with a little macaroni pasta and the Sing For Your Supper Holy Trinity – Ro-tel Tomatoes, Mexi-corn and black beans. Throw in a packet of taco seasoning, a little milk for creaminess and cubed chicken and you’ve got a pretty tasty meal all ready to go! Some sliced zucchini or squash would be fantastic in here, too! Any veggies you like! Alternatively, you could use some ground turkey or beef if you don’t have chicken on hand. That’s the beauty of this dish- you can add in or take out anything you want to make it your own!

Creamy Southwestern Pasta

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 pound macaroni
1/2 an onion, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can Ro-tel tomatoes
1 can Mexi-corn, drained (if your grocery store doesn’t have this, regular corn is just fine. This is just corn with green and red peppers)
1 small packet taco seasoning (or you can use a homemade blend)
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup cheese, divided

Boil the pasta until al dente. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil and saute the onion and pepper over medium heat for about 7-10 minutes or until the onions are translucent. Add in the cubed chicken. When the chicken is cooked through, add in the tomatoes, beans, corn, seasoning and milk. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Stir in the pasta and half of the cheese. Cook for 5 more minutes. When ready to serve, sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top. Enjoy!

*I also threw in some pickled jalapeno peppers at the end, but if you don’t like heat, leave them out!

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  1. This is a perfect quickie dinner now that summer is ending and schedules are back on track! Gasp! (This is also just the kind of thing I pass along to College Girl when it is her nite to cook!) PS-Thanx for ur kind words about our blog. Ur blog is also adorable and welcoming!

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    Comment by UrMomCooks — August 20, 2010 @ 1:51 PM

  2. This pasta looks so scrumptious to me. The Mexican flavors with pasta seem like a sure winner. I can’t wait to try this out.

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    Comment by Jessica — August 20, 2010 @ 2:30 PM

  3. Big amen to the Mexican Holy Trinity! Great recipe for a quick dinner…good for you and not loaded with fat.

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    Comment by Jane @ Sweet Basil Kitchen — August 20, 2010 @ 2:50 PM

  4. great post! i will definitely make this for the family, thanks!

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    Comment by Mighty Rib — August 20, 2010 @ 6:01 PM

  5. What a great quick “after work” dinner. Unfortunately, I’ll be needing those pretty soon. We love chicken dishes, and this one sounds delish!

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    Comment by Betty @ scrambled hen fruit — August 20, 2010 @ 7:57 PM

  6. Quick dinners that are also delicious are the best!

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    Comment by Eliana — August 23, 2010 @ 2:12 PM

  7. I just made this for lunch. It was awesome! This recipe is going into the mix. Even my one-year-old loved it. Thanks for posting it. I’m going to write a review on it and post it on my blog. I substituted ground beef for the chicken because I needed to cook it. And I added some diced zucchini. My favorite part was the black beans. Great taste and texture. Thanks again!

    -Kevin

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    amy Reply:

    Kevin- I’m so glad you and your family enjoyed this!! Thanks for letting me know!

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    Comment by Mighty Rib — September 6, 2010 @ 12:45 PM

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