Fajita Pasta {and National Pasta Association Giveaway}

We eat almost as much pasta in my house as we do Mexican food.

Since I live with a picky five year-old, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said, “Oh, it’s just like macaroni, but shaped different.”  This kid will eat about anything if you call it macaroni.  🙂

The Tall Boy is a huge pasta fan, too.  Any time I get desperate for menu-planning ideas and ask him to contribute, he always suggests either: A) spaghetti, or B) lasagna.  Now, as much as I love lasagna, it’s not usually something I tackle for a “quick and easy” weeknight meal.

There are, however, a million different ways to use pasta as a quick and easy, low-cost, and healthy weeknight (or anytime) meal.  Pasta easily fits into:

  • Your LifestylePasta meals can be fast and easy to make on the go! Many pasta meals can be on the table in less than a half-hour making pasta an ideal ingredient for everyone; from moms on the run to college students in between classes.
  • Your BudgetAs of March 2012, on average pasta costs $1.45 per pound. Add lean meats and proteins to your pasta for a low budget meal that the whole family will love!
  • Your DietWith roughly 100 calories per half cup serving, very little sodium or fat and no cholesterol, pasta is an ideal foundation for building healthy meals. Pasta is a great delivery system for protein-packed veggies and lean meats.

And, leave it to me…even when making a pasta dish, I can find a way to put a Mexican spin on it.  Although this dish was very light, it was heavy on flavor.  Since we like plenty of heat in our meals, I left the seeds in the jalapeño and sautéd them along with the peppers and onions.  If that’s not your thing, just leave ’em out.  Or, go ahead and seed the jalapeño, and dice ’em up fine for some extra flavor and not a lot of heat.  Also,  you could easily substitute chicken for the steak in this recipe.  Load up on the veggies, skip the shredded cheese, and you have a quick, easy, and healthy dinner.

Fajita Pasta
  • 1 pound medium pasta shape, such as penne
  • 1 pound lean boneless top round steak
  • 1¼ cup low-sodium tomato juice, divided
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 green and 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
  • 1 cup sliced red onion
  • 1 cup nonfat sour cream
  • 1-2 jalepeno peppers, seeded and sliced
  1. Slice steak diagonally across gran into ¼ inch strips. Place steak into a zip-lock bag. Add ½ cup tomato juice, lime juice, garlic, cumin and ground red pepper. Marinate in refrigerator at least 4 hours.
  2. Prepare pasta according to package directions. While pasta is cooking, remove steak from marinade. Discard marinade.
  3. Coat skillet with cooking spray, add oil, and place over high heat. Add stead and cook 3 minutes, or until done.
  4. Remove steak from skillet and tent under aluminum foil to keep warm.
  5. Recoat skillet with spray. Add peppers and onion, and saute until tender.
  6. Drain pasta and place in a large bowl. Add steak, pepper mix, sour cream, jalepeno, and remaining ¾ cup tomato juice.

And guess what?  The National Pasta Association wants to offer one of my readers a pasta prize pack consisting of: Dreamfields® Spaghetti, Mueller’s® Whole Grain Spaghetti, Heartland® Gluten Free Wheat Free Penne, Ronzoni Healthy Harvest® Spaghetti, Ronzoni Garden Delight® Rotini, and an Ultragrain Pasta® Spaghetti Spoon.

Cool, huh?

Leave me a comment letting me know your favorite pasta dish, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win.  Good luck, and happy cooking!


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Disclaimer: The National Pasta Association provided me with samples of the various pastas described above, but all opinions are my own.

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  1. It is a tie between macaroni and cheese and bakedcheesy sausage spaghetti!

  2. Mexican Pasta!
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  3. THIS dish will be my fav from now on. Looks yummmmmmy.

  4. Spaghetti with meat sauce.

  5. My favorite pasta dish is one of my recipes made with shrimp, bow ties, colored peppers, onions , garlic and my special cheesy rosee’ sauce.
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  6. I like my mom’s spaghetti, or light spaghetti dishes. But I love pasta! This fajita version sounds totally incredible!
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  7. I could eat Alfredo pasta every single night of the week. I love that you made fajita’s into a pasta dish. This is awesome looking!!!
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  8. Spaghetti & Meatballs of course!

  9. My favorite pasta dish is Lasagna

  10. My favorite is baked macaroni and cheese.

  11. Ooh, i’m a major pastaholic! My favorite way to eat pasta is just a simple pasta with homemade marinara + meatballs. Absolute perfection!
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  12. Any type of alfredo pasta!

  13. I love angel hair pasta with basil, olive oil, lemon juice and pine nuts.

  14. My family and I love angel hair pasta with fresh vegetables in season. Yummy all year.

  15. I love Alfredo pasta. Or lasagna. Or manicotti. Or spaghetti. How can I choose one? This one sounds great too. I will have to try.

  16. Penne Alla Vodka Sauce !

  17. Alfredo anything!

  18. Our Killer Mac & Cheese… yum!! Love this blog!
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  19. Mmm…good mac and cheese. Or Manicotti. 🙂
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  20. As Always Ashley You Delight Us All With Great Yummy Meals!!! I love the mexi spin on the pasta!
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  21. Hi,

    My favorite pasta dish is my Grandmother’s Macaroni and Cheese.

    Thanks !

  22. Linguine with clam sauce!

  23. Linguine with clam sauce!

  24. Linguine with clam sauce!

  25. Cheese raviolis with Pesto sauce!

  26. Brandy Batson says:

    Penne pasta with white garlic and portabelleo mushrooms and chicken breast:)

  27. Pasta Milano with bowties, mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes.

  28. I love stuffed shells! 🙂
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  29. karen greenwood says:


  30. Debra Barber says:

    Chicken Alfredo

  31. Shrimp w/ garlic & butter noodles

  32. Jenny Stanek says:

    Cavatelli with meatballs

  33. Stephanie Behlen says:

    Defiantly Mac and cheese

  34. Christine Waddell says:

    pasta with butter and poppy seeds

  35. MaryAnn Casey says:

    Homemade spaghetti and meatballs!

  36. My favorite is old fashioned homemade macaroni and cheese…..with cold sesame peanut noodles and tuna noodle casserole coming in as a tie for close second

  37. Homemade chicken Alfredo!!

  38. Shrimp Alfredo

  39. Julie Thompson says:

    It is these spicy noodles I make and when I do everyone runs because a bowl of it will clear your sinuses when it is just sitting there but I just love it I have to eat some a couple of times a week at least

  40. My favorite pasta dish is spaghetti bolognese.
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  41. June Ebinger says:


  42. brandi hawn says:

    Ravioli with vodka sauce 🙂

  43. penelope merriweather says:

    Lately it’s been macroni and cheese..!! Thanks for this generous giveaway..!!=D

  44. Carole Ingram says:

    So many favorites!! I would have to say Chicken Alfredo!

  45. Sarah Davis says:

    Mac and cheese!

  46. Christina Kelbel says:

    Good Homemade Mac and cheese with real cheese (preferably white sharp)!

  47. Nicole Sender says:

    I love spaghetti and meatballs!

  48. I love a nice thick lasagna!

  49. katherine d says:

    penne alla vodka

  50. Well I love just grabbing the classic- pasta with butter, Parmesan, bread crumbs, and herbs.

  51. Mac & Cheese

  52. I like any pasta!

  53. amy beth marantino says:

    macaroni and cheese

  54. I love fettuccine pasta tossed with pesto and topped with parm! Yum!

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  55. My fav is Alfredo Penne pasta

  56. Bruce Epper says:

    Lasagne. Garfield is a lightweight when it comes to lasagne.

  57. Nataly Carbonell says:

    Classic ALfredo

  58. My favorite pasta food is Spaghetti with homemade sauce.

  59. Fettuccine alfredo…hands down!

  60. Homemade mac and cheese is my favorite.
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  61. I love vermicelli pasta with a simple shrimp scampi sauce! Did I win??

  62. I agree- I think pasta and Mexican are my two favorites, too! (Well, that and pizza!)

    My favorite pasta dish is probably penne tossed with pesto and breaded eggplant 🙂
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