Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Southwest Slow Cooker Pasta and a #Giveaway

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This delicious and easy meal takes only minutes to put together with ingredients you probably have on hand.  When you get home, dinner will be on the table in the time it takes to boil pasta.

Today is Day 3 of #NationalSlowCookerWeek........
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Before we get started let's take a look at what the others are sharing today.......

The recipe that I am sharing today features Banza pasta.   I first used Banza pasta several years ago when my niece, who is gluten intolerant, was visiting from California.  I found the pasta while at a Farmer's Market and picked up some to try.  I was sold.  Not only is it gluten free but, being made from chickpeas, is much higher in protein than pasta made with wheat.  I was excited to learn that they were a sponsor for this event, especially since we have eliminated gluten from the Angel Face's diet to see if it is a cause of her eczema.

The Angel Face loves Pasta and we make it for her quite often when she comes to visit.  This visit came shortly after I returned home from out of town and had not yet gotten to the grocers.  I opened my pantry to see what I could make her for dinner.  When I spied the cans of black beans, green chiles, diced tomatoes, mushrooms and corn I decided to go with Southwest flavors for Taco Tuesday.  Combining those flavors with pasta gives you the best of both worlds.

Knowing I was going to make pasta or a Taco Tuesday meal, I had already taken some ground beef out of the freezer.  I browned this up with some onion.

Combined it with the other ingredients in the crock of the slow cooker, turned it to low and headed out for the 2 hr. trek to pick her up from school.  When I got home, I put the water on for the pasta while Frank went and grabbed the Teen from bowling practice.

Dinner was on the table as they walked in the door.  This meal got a big thumb's up from the whole family.  Don't forget to scroll down past my recipe to enter in the drawing for some great prizes.

Southwest Slow Cooker Pasta

Southwest Slow Cooker Pasta

Yield: 6 servings
This delicious and easy meal takes only minutes to put together with ingredients you probably have on hand. When you get home, dinner will be on the table in the time it takes to boil pasta.


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can sweet corn, drained
  • 1 (4 oz) can chopped green chiles
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (4 oz) can mushrooms, drained
  • 1 t. cumin
  • 1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz. macaroni pasta, cooked per package directions (I used Banza)


How to cook Southwest Slow Cooker Pasta

  1. Place the ground beef and onion in a skillet over med high heat.  Season with salt and pepper.  Cook until beef is browned and crumbly and onions are softened.  Drain, if needed.
  2. Place the beans, corn, chiles, tomatoes, and mushrooms into the crock of a slow cooker.  Add the ground beef  mixture and season with cumin, salt and pepper.  Mix to combine.  Turn on low heat for 3 hrs.
  3. Cook the pasta per package directions.  Drain and add to the crock, stirring to combine.  Sprinkle with the cheese and cover allowing cheese to melt before serving.
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  1. This looks delicious, Wendy! So flavorful and very kid-friendly, too!

  2. This sounds great! I like that you made a slow cooker fusion meal with pasta and southwest flavors!

  3. Love that you made this recipe with what you hand on hand in your pantry! I find myself cooking like that way too often...I am a forgetful person at the market and almost always forget half of the things on my list!!!

    1. I walk around the store with my phone in my hand because that's where my list is. At least once every visit someone asks me a question thinking that I work at the store LOL

  4. I have never heard of this kind of pasta. Thanks for that. None of us have a problem with gluten, that I know of. But I have small patches of eczema. Love your recipes!

    1. I had never heard that gluten can affect eczema but this is on her doctor's recommendation so I guess we will see.

  5. Two thumbs up from Angel Face must have made you very happy! This sounds delicious.

  6. Love the flavors in this dish! Southwest spices are my family's favorite. I'll be trying this one - I'm sold on Banza since my hubby didn't even know the diff

  7. Reminds me of American Goulash with a Southwest kick. Yummy!

  8. I am loving all those veggies and beans with your pasta! This looks delicious, and I know my kiddos would love it!


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