A fun new pasta recipe your family will love – Fiesta Pasta!
There are certain staples you will always find in my pantry, and Ragu is one of them! I can easily pull together a meal everyone will love if I have a box of pasta and a jar of Ragu. I do feel like I’ve been in a pasta rut though lately. A tasty rut, but a rut none the less.
Ready. Set. Cook! – which I will tell you even more about at the end of the post – challenges home cooks to create new and unique recipes featuring a number of ingredients off of a list. I took the challenge up and created a Cheesy Fiesta Pasta that instantly became a new fave!
I will be honest, I was a little nervous about the challenge though. Ragu is an authentic Italian sauce – no artificial flavors or colors – so I wasn’t sure how it would pair in a Mexican-inspired recipe. End result? AMAZING!
- 1 lb hot Italian Sausage
- 2 c uncooked elbow macaroni
- 1 jar Six Cheese Ragu Saice
- 1 c canned corn kernels
- 1 c canned black beans, rinsed
- 1 c shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
- 1 avocado, diced
- 1-3 tbsp fresh cilantro leaves, chopped and to taste
- Cook pasta in a pot with olive oil and salt. Follow directions on box for al dente.
- Cook Italian Sausage in skillet until cooked through. Crumble the sausage as you cook. Drain all excess fat when done or toss sausage into a colander to drain.
- Stir in sauce and let cook on medium for about 5 minutes.
- Add cooked pasta,3/4 c cheese, corn, and black beans. Gently stir to combine and to melt the cheese.
- Serve immediately, topped with avocado, cilantro and remaining cheese.
I took up the Ready. Set. Cook! challenge and so should you! You will create a new and unique recipe featuring a sponsored ingredient, plus a set list of other contest ingredients. Entry phase is between 11/2 and 11/30 so get cooking! The Grand Prize is $3,000! Plus, the runner up will win $1,250 and the People’s Choice will win $750. Read more about the contest here!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Ragu. The opinions and text are all mine.