The other night I was really craving pasta. We have been cutting back at night with pasta/rice/potatoes/bread, but we were both hungry and we were a little limited on ingredients. When I have made pasta dishes lately, I have tried NOT to make the actual pasta the main part of the dish. I try to load it up with veggies and other fillers, so I feel like I am eating a plate of pasta but without all of the carbs. I didn't have traditional meat sauce spaghetti ingredients, so I had to get a little creative on this one. I started thinking about the Mexican Spaghetti we have a local restaurant in town (Demos') and got inspired! This would be great just for a simple, filling dinner or make it for company, it will go a long way since it is pretty hearty.
Chorizo Mexican Spaghetti
- 1/2 lb Whole Wheat Spaghetti
- 1/2 lb Chorizo Sausage (or you can sub ground beef, but give the Chorizo a try, it's in the regular grocery and its pretty inexpensive!)
- 2 Cloves Garlic
- 1/2 Cup Onion, chopped
- 1 -4oz Can Chopped Green Chiles (you can find these in the Mexican aisle of the grocery)
- 1 Can Mexican Style Stewed Tomatoes, drained
- 1 tsp Chili Powder
- 1 tsp Cumin
- 1 tsp Oregano
- 1 Can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 tsp each of Salt and Pepper
- Cheddar Cheese and Sour cream for topping
- Bring large pot of water and 1 tbls of salt to a boil, and cook pasta 1 or 2 minutes short of being done (it will still have a little bite to it) and reserve about a cup of pasta water
- Meanwhile in a large skillet, brown Chorizo, breaking it up as it cooks with a wooden spoon, drain out most of the fat leaving about 2 tsp in the skillet
- Saute onions in sausage drippings until tender, 3-4 minutes, then add garlic for about 30 seconds
- Next add all other ingredients to the skillet (except pasta and beans) bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes
- Lastly toss pasta and beans in the skillet along with some pasta water if sauce is a little dry.
- Top with some cheddar cheese and sour cream to serve, and you've got a seriously crown pleasing dinner!