Thursday, June 30, 2011

Southwestern Pasta Salad

I try to use real foods. I really, really do.  Sure, I regularly use canned beans and tomatoes but other than that, I usually am pretty good at using non processed foods.  (we won't talk about the chicken nuggets my kids eat though).

Then there is Velveeta. *sigh*

I don't know what it is but gosh, it tastes pretty darn good, doesn't it? 

This uses the mexican flavored Velveeta.  This really turned out to be one of my favorite dishes, seriously.  I loved it especially warm.  Ooey gooey cheesy!

I added an extra can of beans and omitted the olives but otherwise pretty much stuck to the original recipe.  I couldn't find my copy of the recipe when I wrote this up so I don't have my nutritional stats for it.  That's what I get for not writing it up right away!!

Southwestern Pasta Salad
Adapted from Delightful Country Cookin'

1 can (14 1/2 oz) diced tomatoes
12 oz. pasta, cooked (I used rotini, medium shells & penne)
12 oz. Velveeta Mexican
1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup chopped red or green pepper
1/3 cup (1 can) sliced black olives (I didn't use)
1/3 cup sliced green onion

Drain tomatoes, reserving the liquid. Mix two tablespoons of reserved tomato liquid with cheese. Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally until cheese melts. Gradually blend in 1/3 cup reserve tomato liquid. Add pasta and remaining ingredients. Toss and serve (warm or cold). Serves 8.

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  1. Mexican Velveeta?? How did I not know about that!! It looks absolutely delicious Debbi! I don't use bow tie pasta enough. :(

  2. That look so yummy. I cannot wait to make this recipe. Come over and visit us today. We have a we have a really wonderful chilled soup and a giveaway from the Fairy Hobmother.

  3. Yet another delicious looking meal! I truly believe that all your hard work at putting these recipes out here have saved me this time! Thank you again. And again. And again!

  4. I just love this pasta salad looks delicious

  5. Hi Debbi,
    This is a great summertime salad. I just love the southwest flavors, its a great recipe! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back real soon.
    Hope you have a great week end!
    Miz Helen

  6. I too, try to use "pure" foods... although I can't imagine not having chicken nuggets in the freezer for my grandsons! Or Kraft singles, the older one calls "Square cheese". I'm sure they'll both be in Heaven when I whip this up. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

  7. would you believe I've never actually had velveeta? I'd say, given all the other healthy things in this recipe it's totally fine to include a little indulgence! Looks delicious.

  8. I don;t think I've ever had velveeta, but this recipe sounds great! I bet you could make it with melted cheese mixed with a little half and half if you wanted to stick to real foods!

  9. This looks scrumptious! My husband and sons are big fans of Velveeta, so I'm sure this will be a hit :)

  10. Looks really delicious!! We all need a little Velveeta once in awhile, right!! Bookmarking this to make soon!!

  11. hi Debbie! long time no "talk" in the blog world :) i agree with you most of the time i use real food and then every so often you must use something like velveeta. it is so wonderfully creamy isn't it? have a great day :)

  12. I love pasta salads of all sorts. It's funny I just posted a 5 Cheese Mac and Cheese that has Velveeta in it. Who didn't grow up without Velveeta and Miracle Whip in the fridge? This is one I'm going to make pronto.