Monday, August 31, 2015

One Pot Mexican Pasta and Sausage

A spectacularly flavorful Mexican flavored sauce is cooked right into the linguine pasta in this amazing One Pot Pasta recipe, ready in 20 Minutes!  Your favorite salsa ingredients come together to with pasta and sausage to create a knock your socks of meal. Toss it all in a pot and let it go.  It's so easy it just about cooks itself.  Now that's my kind of meal.

One Pot Mexican Pasta and Sausage features a spectacular salsa inspired sauce, that is cooked right into the spaghetti in this amazing dish, ready in 20 Minutes!   Your favorite salsa ingredients come together to with pasta and sausage to create a knock your socks of meal. Toss it all in a pot and let it go.  It's so easy it just about cooks itself.  Now that's my kind of meal.

Ever since I made this One Pot Cheesy Pasta and Sausage I have had a million other ideas in my head for easy one pot meals. As you well know, I live in Arizona and even though I was born Italian I have more of a taste for Mexican and Southwest flavors most days. Must be the desert heat getting to me.  LOL

I have been over the gamut of variations and different ways I could make the ultimate Mexican pasta dish. So last week while I was enjoying some homemade salsa it occurred to me. If I combine my favorite salsa flavors and this pasta dish, we will have ourselves a dynamite dinner and I was soooo right!

I started with cherry tomatoes, white onions, garlic, jalapenos and cilantro. Truly my favorite salsa flavors. It all comes together with hot sausage and spaghetti to create a one pot meal that is ready in just 20 minutes.








A side salad really makes this dinner complete. Grab a couple STAR Vinaigrette Single Serving packs that are perfect for a salad!

This dish is truly spectacular!  You literally toss it in a pot, cook it.  Toss a few more things in and serve.  Oh my heavens.  It is the perfect meal.  Tomatoes, onions, garlic, jalapenos and hot sausage sausage come together to create the perfect sauce for the pasta.

Try some of the suggested substitutions to create a fun spin on this recipe.

One pot, 20 minutes, one fabulous dinner! I ate 2 bowls before I could pry myself away from the pot. 

Enjoy!

With love from our simple kitchen to yours. 

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One Pot Mexican Pasta and Sausage
SERVES 6-8  |  ACTIVE TIME 20 Min  |  TOTAL TIME 20 Minutes

3 cups halved grape tomatoes, divided
1 large onion, sliced
1 pound smoked hot sausage links, precooked (sliced into coins)
1-2 jalapenos, sliced (to taste)
4 garlic cloves, sliced
1 pound dry spaghetti
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
5 cups water

Reserve (set aside) 1 cup halved tomatoes and 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro.

Combine remaining ingredients in a large (12") braising pan or dutch oven over medium high heat.  Cover and bring to a boil.  Once water is boiling, remove cover and cook 7-9 minutes until pasta is al dente (with a bite to it).  Toss pasta with tongs occasionally to keep the pasta from sticking.  Liquid will be mostly absorbed when pasta is cooked.

Add remaining tomatoes and cilantro and toss to combine.

Serve and enjoy!

DONNA'S NOTES:  Choose your favorite sausage. I prefer hot Italian sausage, but chorizo would be good too. You can substitute 1 pound any dry pasta for the spaghetti, just cook till al dente

You can substitute green chiles for the jalapenos or leave out the jalapenos completely.

You can finish the sauce with 4 ounces of cream cheese stirred into the pasta. It will help cool down the spiciness and also add a nice creaminess to the pasta.

Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
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30 comments:

  1. Why does the recipe state use cilantro and the pic is Basil not cilantro?

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    1. That was for the other recipe The one pot Cheesy Pasta and Sausage,that has the Basil .

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    2. Where is this recipe with Basil?

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    3. If you click on the picture with the basil it will bring you to the recipe.

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  2. An interesting combination of ingredients, looks like a winner. When a mexican dish is cooked with pasta the pasta is called fideo.

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    1. No it's not. Fideo is what we call Vermicelli noodles.

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    2. Actually if you translate Fideo in espanol it means noodle. So technically Bobs comment is very close to truth. If you don't believe me use a translator app.

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  3. One pot AND ready in 20? Sign me up! This looks amazing. I love easy and delicious weeknight pasta meals!

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  4. To be more precise fideo is a type of pasta which is vermicelli.

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  5. Cauld you tell me what Kosher salt is please, i'm from Australia. thank you

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    1. It's just a chunkier kind of salt. Use regular salt instead but only use half the amount.

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    2. Kosher salt is just pure salt with no iodine added, also called canning salt.

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  6. I made this last week with some fresh ingredients from my garden. I love one pot meals, not only was this easy and fool proof, it was so fresh, light tasting and savory. I hope everyone tries it.

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  7. Is it necessary to have the cilantro? I really dislike cilantro and this recipe sounds very good otherwise.

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    1. Hi Ernie! You can leave out the cilantro altogether or even replace it with a teaspoon of dried ground coriander if you want to add a little seasoning. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

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  8. Saw this in Facebook. Just tried it. Added cream cheese as suggested to cut the spiciness simply to appease children's pallets. Turnes out delicious! Whole family complimented the dish.

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    1. Awesome! so happy you loved it. Kids can be tough, the cream cheese is perfect. Thank you for coming by to leave feedback!

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  9. What is the sauce made out of? I'm looking at the recipe and it says add 4 ounces of cream cheese to the sauce. Or, did I miss that in the recipe?

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    1. The sauce is made in the pot as the ingredients cook. You add the cream cheese directly to the pot if desired. I leave it out and it is perfect for me. I like spice! But more tender palates may prefer the cream cheese added.

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  10. Hey how you doing My question is I'm going to make the Mexican pasta do I add salsa because I see at the beginning of the page you said I can add my favorite salsa

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    1. Actually the recipe includes the ingredients traditionally found in salsa. You can make adaptations as desired but it is amazing as is. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

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  11. Usually, I don't comment on a recipe, but I will have to this one time. This recipe is awesome. I tried your recipe. I added salsa, taco seasoning and mozzarella cheese. I used turkey smoked sausage (since I don't eat pork), Mt. Olive crushed jalapeno and Veggie Spaghetti. Delicious! I raved about your recipe to my sister and best friend. Now, they want to try it. Of course, I put in pdf file and sent to their phone to try it. Thank you, Donna for sharing your recipes. Oh by the way, I added the cream cheese because I used too much jalapeno...it works and yum. It is a keepa for me! And, I am a follower on all your social medias. Lol.

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  12. Have you tired it with shrimp and the hot sausage? I want to make this tomorrow with both

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  13. Just made this for dinner tonight but add bell peppers instead of tomatoes (my bf dislikes them) and added sour cream to bring down the spice a notch. Turned out absolutely delicious

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  14. This looks awesome......going to try tonight

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  15. Could you use chicken instead? Cook it first?

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  16. I have used this recipe with several versions. First I used the original. Second, I used jalapeno sausage. Third, regular sausage but a sliver of jalapeno pepper and 1 can rotel and used 4 cups of water instead of the 5 cups. No cilantra since some can't eat it. They were all great. Nothing like a basic recipe that can be changed & still soooo good. Thanks for a great one.

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  17. This recipe is great! I have made it with several versions and it still turns out great. No matter what you change it is simple and easy. I have enjoyed it soo much. Thanks!

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