Super Cheesy Mexican Pasta
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Recipe type: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian and Mexican Fusion
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If you're a big fan of Italian pasta but want a Mexican twist to it, then this recipe is definitely for you! This recipe is everything you can imagine it to be - it's spicy, saucy and really cheesy!
Ingredients
  • 400g beef tenderloin, cut into small strips
  • 200g spaghetti, cooked
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter (optional)
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
Vegetables:
  • 2 tbsp each of red, yellow and green bell peppers, chopped into small dices
  • 1 medium tomato (peeled, deseeded and chopped)
  • 1 fresh jalapeno, deseeded and chopped
  • 2 tbsp garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
Spices:
  • 1 tbsp cajun spice
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • ½ tbsp cayenne pepper powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • salt, to taste
Instructions
  1. Start off by boiling the pasta. Cook according to instructions on the label (each pasta is made differently and hence follow the instructions). Once cooked, drain and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, add the oil and butter and heat on medium setting.
  3. Add in the garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Then add the beef strips and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Add in the tomato paste followed by the spices and jalapeno. Cook for 30 seconds.
  5. Now add the cooked spaghetti to this pan and stir well.
  6. After this, add the bell peppers, lime juice and stir well. Cook for 3 more minutes.
  7. Add the mozzarella cheese on top on the pasta, cover the pan with a lid and leave it on medium to low heat for 10 minutes.
  8. Serve hot.
Notes
1. You can add a lot of vegetables to this recipe according to your taste. We suggest adding corn kernels, olives and even black beans!

2. Add in the mozzarella cheese right at the end into the saucepan. Cover it with a lid and leave it on medium-low heat so that the cheese completely melts on the top. Alternatively, you could preheat the oven at 350˚F (180˚C) and put the pasta in the oven (in a oven safe dish) for 10 minutes before serving.

3. This is a saucy pasta but it's not overflowing with the sauce. Follow the instructions to a T and you should to just fine.

4. Make sure to use tomato pasta and NOT tomato puree.

5. You can also add parmesan cheese on top as well as cheddar cheese to amp things up!
Recipe by Scrambled Chefs at http://www.scrambledchefs.com/super-cheesy-mexican-pasta/