This one pot southwest pasta is a vegetarian meal that takes about 25 minutes to prepare from start to finish.
What I love about this dish is that it uses one pot to do everything, including cooking the pasta right with your other ingredients. I really love utilizing this method of cooking for those busy nights when you just don’t have time to whip up a huge complex meal, yet still want something that has a lot of flavor with a lot of pow!
If you are unfamiliar with the one pot method of cooking, you simply put your uncooked pasta, veggies, seasoning, and broth into a large pot, cover it, and let it cook for about 12-15 minutes. The pasta absorbs the cooking liquid and creates a nice sauce. That’s it!
Although this dish does utilize pasta, which I recommend limiting, it is still a healthy meal with tons of fresh veggies. As long as you limit this meal to once in a while and don’t overindulge on the pasta it can be a great addition to your menu plan! Plus, it is healthy without tasting like health food so the whole family is sure to love it! You can also make this same recipe utilizing quinoa pasta, but you may have to adjust the cooking time a bit.
The main protein source in this dish is black beans. While we made ours from a bag of dried beans, you can certainly use a can of black beans as well. If you are a vegetarian or someone who likes to go meatless a few days a week, this is a great option for you!
This southwest dish is not overly spicy but does have a little kick due to a can of fire roasted tomatoes with chilies. The addition of sweet corn and some sweet peppers give a great contrast of flavors.
Just look at those awesome little peppers! If you don’t have any sweet peppers feel free to substitute bell peppers or any other of your choice.
You can top this finished dish with some additional cheese, or to cool it down a bit, a dollop of fresh sour cream.