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Surprise Diners with a trip down South
This low-prep, high-energy dish captures Southwest flavours and will satisfy even the hungriest visitors to your Cantina.
Oven-Baked Tex Mex Fusilli Pasta
Catelli Smart® Fusilli
1/2 tsp (1.25 g) fine sea salt
2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil
1 lb (450 g) chicken breast, diced
salt and pepper to taste
1 medium red onion, diced
1 cup (175 g) fresh corn kernels, off the cob
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 cup (200 g) tomatoes, diced
1 cup (200 g) canned black beans
3 cups (750 ml) tomato sauce
1 tsp (2.5 g) chili powder
1 tbsp (10 g) smoked paprika
2 tbsp (30 ml) red wine vinegar
1 1/4 cups (300 g) old cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup (250 ml) sour cream
Garnish Chopped cilantro
1Preheat oven to 375ºF.
2Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and let cool.
3Season chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add chicken and cook for 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Remove from pan and set aside.
4In the saucepan, heat remaining olive oil and add onion, corn and green pepper. Cook until soft, approximately 5 minutes.
5Add the chicken, diced tomatoes, black beans, tomato sauce, chili powder, paprika and red wine vinegar. Cook through for five minutes. Remove from heat.
6Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and mix in sea salt. Transfer to a large casserole dish. Sprinkle cheese over the pasta and bake in oven for 25 minutes uncovered or until heated through.
7Top pasta with a spoonful of sour cream and garnish with chopped cilantro.
Canned corn can be used in place of fresh corn.
Chef Chris Smythe
Chef Chris Smythe is Executive Chef of the Prince of Wales Hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Chef Smythe began his culinary journey as an apprentice at the Prince of Wales Hotel and held positions at Pillar and Post and Riverbend Inn & Vineyard before being appointed Chef de Cuisine at Queen’s Landing. He then went on to open his own restaurant, The Spotted Calf Bistro, in 2009.
Registered dietitian Jodi Robinson is a Niagara-based consulting dietitian, personal training specialist, certified diabetes educator and registered yoga teacher. Jodi helps individuals and groups reach their goals by providing the knowledge, tools and strategies needed to fit healthy eating and physical activity into their busy lives.