Monday, August 6, 2012

Creamy Southwest Pasta with Spicy Greek Yogurt Sauce

Hello week 5 of #TomatoLove!  This week we are celebrating all things pasta – so get your tomato pasta recipes ready and link up below to win a Pappardelle’s Artisan Pasta Gift Card.  My love for spicy meals makes itself known again this week with a Creamy Southwest Pasta.  The star of this dish, besides the farm-fresh tomatoes, is the Greek Yogurt sauce.  It’s incredibly flavorful with lime juice, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, cumin and oregano and I couldn’t stop sneaking little tastes of it!

Lately I have loved making pasta dishes with Greek yogurt because it creates a creamy sauce without tons of extra calories and fat.  And it lends itself so well to so many different flavors.  So this creamy soutwest pasta idea was floating around my head on Saturday morning when I headed to the City Market.  I headed to Pappardelle’s and immediately spotted the “Southwest Blend” of pasta and knew immediately that this pasta was happening.  Pappardelle’s is a weekly staple in our neighborhood farmer’s market.  They have so many unique flavored pastas!

Not only is it incredibly spicy and flavorful, it is extremely easy to put together.  And, it shows off the beauty of the season’s tomatoes!  I used a mixture of Roma tomatoes and Heirloom tomatoes in this pasta.  I had originally planned to use all Romas, but we had some very gracious friends who brought us a beautiful harvest of home-grown Heirlooms and I couldn’t leave them out!

Speaking of tomatoes – the Recipe for Change campaign is still moving, full force, ahead.  We are half-way done with our recipe exchange but it’s as important as ever to take action.  Take 15 seconds today to ensure that the off-season tomatoes in your supermarkets are guaranteed slave-free.  A sample letter and more information can be found on the Recipe for Change website.

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Creamy Southwest Pasta with Spicy Greek Yogurt Sauce

Yield: 4 large servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Quick weeknight recipe for creamy southwest pasta with a spicy Greek yogurt sauce, fresh tomatoes and corn.

Ingredients:

12 ounces medium-cut pasta

for the creamy Greek yogurt sauce:
1/4 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
1 Tbs. lime juice
1 Tbs. tomato paste
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes

for the skillet:
2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
2 green onions, chopped, divided
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Tbs. fresh cilantro, chopped + more for garnish
1 cup sweet corn
2 pounds tomatoes, diced, core & seeds discarded (I used a mixture of Romas and Heirlooms)
1 (4-ounce) can green chiles
Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

Cook pasta according to package directions. Before draining the pasta, reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid. In a small bowl, combine all if the ingredients for the creamy Greek yogurt sauce until well-blended. Refrigerate for later use.

While the pasta is cooking heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the onion, garlic, green onion, and cilantro with a pinch of salt and cook for about 5 minutes, until fragrant and soft. Add the corn and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and green chiles and stir combine. Cook the mixture until the tomatoes begin to break down, another 3-4 minutes.

Add in the creamy Greek yogurt mixture and stir well. Salt & pepper to taste. Stir in the cooked pasta, along with the reserved pasta water. Mix well to combine. Garnish with additional cilantro.

Cassie’s Notes:
Make a quick substitution of your favorite taco seasoning for the oregano, smoked paprika, cumin, cayenne, and crushed red pepper. Start with 1 teaspoon and taste and add more until the desired flavor is reached.

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72 Responses to “Creamy Southwest Pasta with Spicy Greek Yogurt Sauce”

  1. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — August 7, 2012 @ 10:44 am

    this looks absolutely delicious, cassie!

  2. #
    Kathy Steger — August 7, 2012 @ 10:49 am

    Looks delicious with the creamy sauce. I am not big on pasta but this recipe makes me want to have some. 🙂

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — August 7, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    Yum! I love using southwestern-spiced sauces for pasta–it’s such a wake-up for my taste buds, and a fun change from the normal marinara! 🙂

  4. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — August 7, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    I love incredibly spicy!! Winner 🙂

  5. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — August 7, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    Open mouth insert ENTIRE THING.

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    Bobbie {the vegan crew} — August 7, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

    I just linked my recipe and tweeted about Tomato Love and Recipe for Change (https://twitter.com/thevegancrew/status/232883904258916353).

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — August 7, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

    i love creamy sauces!! this looka fabbbulous!

  8. #
    Vicki Bensinger — August 7, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

    Great recipe. I love Greek yogurt, my favorite is Fage 0%. It tastes like sour cream to me. I’ve used it for many types of sauces and dips and for extra zing I add a bit of Sirrachi. I’ve never used it for pasta but will now with the container I have left. Great idea.

  9. #
    Bobbie {the vegan crew} — August 7, 2012 @ 12:30 pm

    I just shared my recipe on Instagram as well (http://instagram.com/p/OCQPzMqMgG/).

  10. #
    Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — August 7, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

    Where to begin?

    1. Uh, did you make this SW pasta just for me? Because it pretty much includes all of my favorite flavors. I’m going to assume it’s for me and eat the whole bowl, OK?

    2. You and I seem to be on a Greek yogurt mind meld. I’m constantly amazed by how many recipes, sweet and savory, can be made even better with Greek yogurt. Opa!!

    • Cassie replied: — August 8th, 2012 @ 8:25 am

      You make me smile!!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 7, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

    great looking pasta & also loving that blue surface underneath – assuming it’s a DIY project and I DIG it!!

    • Cassie replied: — August 8th, 2012 @ 8:25 am

      Yes! Paul helped me…that is white oak stained with a grey stain from Home Depot. I actually hated it at first but it’s growing on me!

  12. #
    Parsley Sage — August 7, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

    I’m so loving that you use Greek yogurt here. I never thought of that before. I’m sure that gives the sauce a delicious twang!

    And very cool initiative!

  13. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — August 7, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

    ahhh this looks something I would make weekly for my family. YUM!!!!

  14. #
    Jackie @ The Beeroness — August 7, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

    I love this idea! A creamy pasta that isn’t an overdose of calories. So perfect.

  15. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — August 7, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

    This looks amazing! We eat southwestern flavored pasta all of the time!

  16. #
    Shaina — August 7, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

    I love this recipe. It looks like the perfect way to incorporate all of summer’s produce into a dinner.

  17. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — August 7, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

    This is my kind of meal! I love that you used Greek yogurt in this. I need to add this to my weekly menu soon!

  18. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — August 7, 2012 @ 3:35 pm

    I’m in love with your pasta bowls and I love the Greek yogurt in this pasta – I swear it’s a miracle ingredient for both savory and sweet dishes!

  19. #
    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — August 7, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

    This looks amazing!

  20. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — August 7, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

    I am loving all your pasta dishes lately Cassie! xoxo

  21. #
    Emily — August 7, 2012 @ 6:34 pm

    YUM! This sounds awesome!

  22. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — August 7, 2012 @ 7:13 pm

    What a fantastic recipe! I love the yogurt sauce you made!!

  23. #
    Ramona — August 7, 2012 @ 7:31 pm

    Looks healthy, creamy and delicious. 🙂 Well done!

  24. #
    Kristen — August 7, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

    This looks like such a delicious weeknight type of meal. I love pasta, naturally, and I love the extra spicy kick of this dish!

  25. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 7, 2012 @ 7:37 pm

    This just looks wicked delicious!

  26. #
    Baking Serendipity — August 7, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

    I’ve never made a greek yogurt pasta sauce before, but I love this idea! Pinned 🙂 And looking forward to making this when we close on our house and are living on our own again! This will be a perfect date night in meal.

    • Cassie replied: — August 8th, 2012 @ 8:26 am

      Yay for new houses! I can’t wait to read about it!

  27. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — August 7, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

    I love how creamy this pasta is and how healthy it is at the same time!! The spicy kick is so nice for that heat!

  28. #
    Cindys Recipes — August 7, 2012 @ 8:58 pm
  29. #
    Cindys Recipes — August 7, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

    I’ve been contributing to #tomatolove (got one more tweet for this scheduled tonight)every week and blogged and spread the word about Recipe For Change. Thanks for hosting Cassie and Ali! You gals are the best!!!!!

    • Cassie replied: — August 8th, 2012 @ 8:31 am

      We so greatly appreciate your participation Cindy! Thank you so very much. I have been pinning your recipes each week too! 🙂

  30. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — August 7, 2012 @ 9:40 pm

    I love all the flavors in this! I totally want a big bowl of it right now.

  31. #
    Jill | Dulce Dough — August 7, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

    This sounds wonderful Cassie! I love that the sauce is made with Greek yogurt!

  32. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — August 8, 2012 @ 7:04 am

    You are soooo rockin’ all these tomato posts! I love everything you put in this yummy pasta!

    • Cassie replied: — August 9th, 2012 @ 9:43 am

      Thanks so much Laurie!

  33. #
    Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker} — August 8, 2012 @ 7:46 am

    SWOON! I am so in love with pasta, this is trouble my friend!! I need to try this ASAP!!

  34. #
    Kareena Shaikh — August 8, 2012 @ 7:49 am

    I love macaroni.It’s looking very delicious , I will try it.

  35. #
    Angie@Angie's Recipes — August 8, 2012 @ 7:53 am

    Creamy, spicy….I totally love the texture and flavour of this delicious pasta dish!

  36. #
    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — August 8, 2012 @ 8:03 am

    This looks soooooo good, Cassie! Putting it on my list to make SOON. 🙂

  37. #
    Angie — August 8, 2012 @ 8:14 am

    Looks great, creamy and healthy!

  38. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — August 8, 2012 @ 9:16 am

    Oh.my.gosh Cassie, please ship me some of this! It looks so incredibly creamy and delicious and there’s not a single “bad for you” ingredient in it. Love it!

  39. #
    Ashley - baker by nature — August 8, 2012 @ 9:34 am

    You always get me with your gorgeous pasta dishes! Love the look of this, Cassie!

  40. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — August 8, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

    Love spicy pasta dishes!

  41. #
    Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry — August 8, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

    Cassie, this looks so good! I love those cute spiral noodles, so yummy!

  42. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — August 8, 2012 @ 8:52 pm

    This pasta looks amazing!! I had big plans of making a pasta with tomatoes to post this week, but things have just been so crazy! It is all I can do to get any post up, let alone get something done fitting a theme. Love what you guys are doing though!

    • Cassie replied: — August 9th, 2012 @ 9:44 am

      Thanks Erin! I know life gets crazy, it’s been that way for me too!

  43. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — August 9, 2012 @ 12:59 am

    What a perfect weeknight meal! I absolutely love anything southwest, and that greek yogurt sauce is just genius!

  44. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — August 9, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    Oh Cassie, I wish you and I could cook together! I think we may have the same palate! This pasta looks so yummy and I love spice I think as much as you do! I linked up a tomato pasta recipe!

  45. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — August 9, 2012 @ 10:54 am

    I tweeted about the giveaway and recipe linkup!

  46. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — August 9, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

    You had me at “Southwest”! This is my kind of pasta!!!

  47. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — August 9, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

    Love, love, love!

  48. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — August 9, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

    I love a good pasta skillet and this looks fantastic!

  49. #
    Lacey - Small Town Cookie — August 11, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

    I tweeted about the recipe exchange.

  50. #
    Lacey - Small Town Cookie — August 11, 2012 @ 5:22 pm

    I shared a photo on instagram.

  51. #
    Lacey - Small Town Cookie — August 11, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

    I pinned an image from this post to pinterest.

  52. #
    Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen — August 12, 2012 @ 10:07 pm

    This pasta looks incredible! I love that it has a spicy kick! 🙂

  53. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — August 14, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    I’m devouring all things pasta after this wedding – and this has just jumped to the top of the list!!

  54. #
    The Spatularettes — September 18, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try this pasta ever since you posted it during the recipe exchange. I finally got around to making it, but swapped spaghetti squash for the pasta. I LOVE the Greek yogurt sauce. I’m bringing it to work for lunch all week 🙂

    • Cassie replied: — September 19th, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it. And the spaghetti squash – brilliant!!

  55. #
    Ali — December 4, 2012 @ 10:50 am

    Loved this! Featured today: http://wp.me/p2e3cl-Eh

  56. #
    Lis — August 20, 2013 @ 7:40 pm

    Made this tonight with some slight modifications; I sauteed three diced chicken breasts before doing the vegetables, doubled the sauce, used the whole box of pasta (1 lb), a whole onion, 2 garlic cloves.

    Made enough for a filling meal for 6, with lunch for 2 left over.

    Thank you!!

    • Cassie replied: — August 20th, 2013 @ 8:10 pm

      So glad you liked it!!

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