Cheesy Fiesta Pasta Recipe

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A fun new pasta recipe your family will love – Fiesta Pasta!

Cheesy Fiesta Pasta Recipe - A fun new pasta dinner that will have everyone asking for seconds! | The Love Nerds

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.

Cheesy Fiesta Pasta Recipe - A fun new pasta dinner that will have everyone asking for seconds! | The Love Nerds #ad #SimmeredInTradition

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!

Cheesy Fiesta Pasta Recipe - A fun new pasta dinner that will have everyone asking for seconds! | The Love Nerds #ad #SimmeredInTradition

Cheesy Fiesta Pasta
Course: Main
Author: Maggie @ The Love Nerds
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta in a pot with olive oil and salt. Follow directions on box for al dente.
  2. 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.
  3. Stir in sauce and let cook on medium for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add cooked pasta,3/4 c cheese, corn, and black beans. Gently stir to combine and to melt the cheese.
  5. Serve immediately, topped with avocado, cilantro and remaining cheese.

Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium high heat. Add ground turkey and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; drain excess fat. Stir in pasta, salsa, chicken broth and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 13-16 minutes. Stir in tomato, corn and black beans, and gently toss to combine. Stir in cheese until melted through, about 1-2 minutes. Serve immediately, topped with avocado and cilantro.

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.

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