Quick Recipe: Mexican Style Bow Ties


Looking for something quick, easy, and delicious? Of course you are! This recipe, from the National Pasta Association is healthy and the kids will love the fancy bow tie shapes! 

Feel free to customize with your own favorite toppings - sour cream, salsa, green onions and chopped avocado sound like good suggestions!

Mexican-Style Bow Ties

8 oz. Bow Ties, Elbow Macaroni (or your favorite pasta shape), uncooked* 
8 oz. lean ground beef
1 (16 oz.) can kidney beans or pinto beans, drained
1/8 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
2 (8 oz.) cans whole kernel, no-salt-added corn, drained
1 small green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1 cup low-fat, plain yogurt
1/2 cup medium salsa

In a medium skillet, brown ground beef and drain any excess fat. Add beans, cumin and chili powder; heat through. Prepare pasta according to package directions; drain.   

In large bowl, combine pasta, meat mixture, tomatoes, corn, green pepper, cheese and onions.

In small bowl, combine yogurt and salsa. Add to pasta mixture and toss well. Serve warm or cold. Garnish with additional salsa, if desired.

*Whole-grain, multi-grain or whole-wheat pasta varieties may be substituted

Makes 6 servings. Per serving: 425 calories, 11.5 g total fat, 5 g saturated fat, 
57 g carbohydrate, 22 g protein, 5 g dietary fiber, 505 mg sodium.