May 09, 2008

"Mexican" Pasta

I bought poblano chilies and fire roasted tomatoes to make Rachel Ray’s Chile Rellenos and I was all geared up to cook it last night. Even though it is supposed to be a 30 minute meal, a quick glance at my hungry husband and almost sleepy son, I didn’t want to make something that I was not sure about. So this Mexican chile rellenos inspired pasta dish started taking shape in my mind.

This is how I made it:
  • I boiled whole-wheat rotini (tiny swirly pasta) according to package directions; took about 15-20mins.
  • In the mean time; broiled poblanos (approximately 10-15 mins) and chopped green onions.
  • Then I sautéed the chopped onions in olive oil with garlic. After the onions are cooked, I added black beans (rinsed and drained of course), chipotle in adobo chiles, fire roasted tomatoes, chili powder, corn, salt and pepper. Let the mixture simmer for 10-15 mins.
  • Poblanos were already broiled and cooling down in a covered bowl. I peeled, chopped and added them to the simmering black bean mixture and simmered for another 5 mins.
  • After that I dropped my cooked pasta in the bean gravy and oh.. my good.. was that one big pot of pasta or what. It was soo good, spicy and filling.
  • Serve hot with a generous sprinkling of cheese (I used Mexican four cheese blend).

Ingredients:
Whole wheat rotini (or any short pasta) – 1 pkg
Olive Oil – 2 tbsp
Poblanos – 3 medium
Green onions – 2 bunches, chopped
Black beans – 1 15oz. can
Fire roasted tomatoes – 1 15oz. can
Chipotle in Adobo sauce – 2 chilies, chopped
Garlic – 1tsp, minced
Corn – 1 cup, thawed if frozen
Cheese - 1/2 cup
Chili powder – 1tbsp
Salt & Pepper – to taste

I’m sending this to Divya of Culinary Bazaar who graciously agreed to accept this Mexican inspired dish for her A.W.E.D (A Worldly Epicurean Delights) – Mexican event. It is a fantastic idea for showcasing world cuisine and I’m anxiously waiting for the round up to see what other blogger friends have come up with. Happy Hosting DK.

6 comments:

  1. Wow, this looks and sounds great! I love the colors!

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  2. love mexican food..this sounds too good..

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  3. Pavani, this is nice one... wow.

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  4. The plate of pasta with the topping of four cheese blend is looking good...

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  5. thats one smart idea Pavani..:D looks great!

    Siri

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  6. This is such a cool and innovative idea! I luv the recipe and the mexicanised touch to pasta...Jus like how we have Indo-chinese cuisine, U have managed to initiate a Mex-Italian cuisine ;) way to go. :) Thanks for the entry Pavani

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