Tex-Mex Penne

Saturday, January 24, 2009

First, I love penne pasta. It holds flavor better than any other pasta to me. Second, this is a quick and easy dinner to throw together at the last minute. I think you'll love it!

What you’ll need:

½ bag (8 oz) penne pasta, uncooked
1 lb Italian sausage, out of the casing
1 medium onion, chopped
1 small zucchini, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 cans corn, drained or 2 c frozen corn
1 c salsa
2 cans diced tomatoes, with liquid
¾ tsp oregano
1 ½ c shredded cheddar cheese, divided
½ c fresh cilantro, chopped (optional but it does make a difference in taste to leave it out)

Cook penne according to package directions. Drain and set aside. In a large skillet over medium high heat, cook sausage, stirring frequently to break up into pieces. Drain and return to pan. Add onion, bell pepper, zucchini, corn, salsa, tomatoes and oregano and stir well. Bring to a boil and then cook for an additional 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and stir in 1 c shredded cheese, pasta and all but 2 Tbl cilantro. Mix well and pour into serving bowl. Top with ½ c cheese and 2 Tbl cilantro. Makes 6 servings.

Cost:
penne noodles - $1.89
Italian sausage - $2.12/lb
onion - $1.12
zucchini - $1.10/lb
bell pepper - $0.90
whole kernel corn - $0.40
salsa - $1.59
diced tomatoes - $0.89
shredded cheese - cheddar - $1.50
Total - $9.97

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