Cowboy Pasta

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Sometimes I just ask my hubs to pick one ingredient to inspire me for dinner ideas. This was one of those times. I had already settled on a pasta dish but I couldn’t decide which direction to go other than that I didn’t want red sauce. So I asked and he delivered Ground Beef. The gears started turning and Cowboy Pasta was the tasty tasty result. A homemade Mac & Cheese loaded up with beef, bacon, jalapenos, tomatoes and corn!

Cowboy Pasta

If you want to kick up the heat a little more you could do a couple of different things. You could use the larger can of diced jalapenos. You could add red pepper flakes to the ground beef when you add the cumin and chili powder. Or you could serve it with some pickled jalapenos on top. On the other hand, if you want to dial it down a little, you could swap out the jalapenos for green chilies.

Cowboy Pasta

This is a seriously hearty dish, so sides are really not needed. My boys all went back for seconds and there were no complaints about it not being enough food. As always, if you are stretching this for more people or trying to make leftovers a green salad or other green veggie like steamed broccoli would be a great accompaniment.

Cowboy Pasta

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Cowboy Pasta

A homemade Mac & Cheese loaded up with beef, bacon, jalapenos, tomatoes and corn!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Tex-Mex
Keyword cheese, corn, ground beef, ground beef recipes, jalapeno, mac & cheese, Pasta, pasta dishes, tomato
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • lb Ground Beef
  • ½ Red Onion diced
  • 3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tbsp Avocado Oil
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 can Sweet Corn drained
  • lb Short Pasta shells, rotini, elbows
  • ½ lb Bacon cut into ½ inch pieces

For the Cheese Sauce

  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 4 tbsp Flour
  • 2 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 4oz can Diced Jalapenos
  • 2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese shredded.

Instructions

  • Prepare all of the ingredients. Start water boiling for pasta.
  • In a frying pan over medium-high heat, add bacon. Cook until crispy then remove to paper towel covered plate.
  • In a large sauce pan over medium-high heat, add oil, onions and garlic. Cook for 3 minutes then add ground beef, cumin and chili powder. Crumble and cook until no longer pink. Add tomatoes and corn, then reduce heat to low.
  • Add pasta to boiling water and cook as directed on package. Drain in colander and rinse with cool water to arrest cooking. Return to pot, away from heat.
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, add butter and garlic powder. Once melted, whisk in flour. Cook for 2 minutes then whisk in chicken broth. Cook for 2 minutes then whisk in heavy cream. Cook for 2 minutes then add jalapenos and cheese. Continue to stir until fully melted and combined.
  • Add bacon, meat mixture and cheese sauce to pasta in pot and stir to combine.

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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

7 thoughts on “Cowboy Pasta

  1. Irene – Southern Ontario, Canada – Mexican born with Japanese background living in Canada who loves science, cooking and gardening
    Irene says:

    Sounds very comforting and easy to put together!

  2. We will really enjoy your cowboy pasta, pure comfort! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday, 559 this week and come back to see us soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Estelle Forrest – I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. Cooking is a huge part of my life. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me but to the people I care about.
      Estelle Forrest says:

      So happy to hear that!

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