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
 
Ingredients
  • 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
Method
  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.

62 Comments

  1. Sarah G

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

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  2. Shirley

    THIS dish will be my fav from now on. Looks yummmmmmy.

    Reply
  3. Patty H.

    Spaghetti with meat sauce.

    Reply
  4. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    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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  5. Shica

    Spaghetti & Meatballs of course!

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  6. kesha

    My favorite pasta dish is Lasagna

    Reply
  7. KaySue

    My favorite is baked macaroni and cheese.

    Reply
  8. amy @ fearless homemaker

    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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  9. Sarah

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

    Reply
  10. Donna I.

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

    Reply
  11. Nancy

    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.

    Reply
  12. Corisa

    Penne Alla Vodka Sauce !

    Reply
  13. Patty S.

    Alfredo anything!

    Reply
  14. christy r.

    Hi,

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

    Thanks !

    Reply
  15. Missy

    Linguine with clam sauce!

    Reply
  16. Missy

    Linguine with clam sauce!

    Reply
  17. Missy

    Linguine with clam sauce!

    Reply
  18. Jen Haile

    Cheese raviolis with Pesto sauce!

    Reply
  19. Brandy Batson

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

    Reply
  20. Amy Green

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

    Reply
  21. karen greenwood

    lasagne!!

    Reply
  22. Debra Barber

    Chicken Alfredo

    Reply
  23. Nick H

    Shrimp w/ garlic & butter noodles

    Reply
  24. Jenny Stanek

    Cavatelli with meatballs

    Reply
  25. Stephanie Behlen

    Defiantly Mac and cheese

    Reply
  26. Christine Waddell

    pasta with butter and poppy seeds

    Reply
  27. MaryAnn Casey

    Homemade spaghetti and meatballs!

    Reply
  28. Elizabeth

    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

    Reply
  29. kara locke

    Homemade chicken Alfredo!!

    Reply
  30. Ken Ohl

    Shrimp Alfredo

    Reply
  31. Julie Thompson

    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

    Reply
  32. June Ebinger

    BAKED MACARONI AND CHEESE!

    Reply
  33. brandi hawn

    Ravioli with vodka sauce 🙂

    Reply
  34. penelope merriweather

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

    Reply
  35. Carole Ingram

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

    Reply
  36. Sarah Davis

    Mac and cheese!

    Reply
  37. Christina Kelbel

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

    Reply
  38. Nicole Sender

    I love spaghetti and meatballs!

    Reply
  39. barbara n

    I love a nice thick lasagna!

    Reply
  40. katherine d

    penne alla vodka

    Reply
  41. Kylie C

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

    Reply
  42. Sonya

    Mac & Cheese

    Reply
  43. manda

    I like any pasta!

    Reply
  44. amy beth marantino

    macaroni and cheese

    Reply
  45. Karry

    My fav is Alfredo Penne pasta

    Reply
  46. Bruce Epper

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

    Reply
  47. Nataly Carbonell

    Classic ALfredo

    Reply
  48. Kat C

    My favorite pasta food is Spaghetti with homemade sauce.

    Reply
  49. Kristin

    Fettuccine alfredo…hands down!

    Reply
  50. Kim

    Homemade mac and cheese is my favorite.
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  51. Brian Meagher

    I love vermicelli pasta with a simple shrimp scampi sauce! Did I win??

    Reply
  52. Christy@SweetandSavoring

    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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