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Southwestern Pasta & Cheese Recipe
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Southwestern Pasta & Cheese Recipe

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“I decided to give my old mac 'n' cheese recipe a new twist by including some of my favorite Southwestern ingredients. I especially like the smoky flavors of the chipotle and bacon…my family loves it all!” Serve with a salad or veggie. Naomi Reed - McMinnville, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3-1/3 cups uncooked bow tie pasta
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 8 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon minced chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2-1/4 cups fat-free milk
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 4 center-cut bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup equals 240 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 327 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 12 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 medium-fat meat, 1/2 fat.

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute pepper and onions in oil until tender. Stir in the flour, chili powder, chipotle pepper, salt and cumin until blended. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in 1/4 cup cheese until melted.
  3. Drain pasta; toss with sauce. Stir in bacon and cilantro. Transfer to a 2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Southwestern Pasta & Cheese in Healthy Cooking February/March 2009, p36

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup equals 240 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 327 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 12 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 medium-fat meat, 1/2 fat.

Reviews for Southwestern Pasta & Cheese(3)

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Reviewed Feb. 17, 2014

I have made this several times and it is always a winner with my husband who loves spicy food! Has a good distribution of smoky and spicy.

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Reviewed Apr. 4, 2013

Fantastic! Will definitely make again, the heat level was perfect, totally customizable and easy to put together. Yum!

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Reviewed Sep. 23, 2010

This was great! I doubled the recipe to serve at a party and added a bit more cheese. Made a ton of yummy food! We also used wagon wheels instead of bowties. Delicious and great reheated the next day, too.

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