Chicken Enchilada Pasta
No matter what I do, I just can’t get myself to like cooking. It’s such a shame, too, because I know of so many great ones. Both of my aunts from my dad’s side of the family are AWESOME at cooking. Actually, awesome is an understatement. They put so much time and love into their dishes that it really shows. When I’m making something, it’s a bit of whine and a dash of “do I haveee to?”
I thought that having updated appliances and a bigger kitchen would fix the problem. Nope, I still have the school procrastination syndrome when it comes to dinner. That’s why I stick to simple– nothing fancy… nothing that requires me being by the stove for more than 20 minutes. With that time frame, I pretty much just make pasta, pizza, and grilled chicken. We just repeat that menu for the entire week. Gosh, I’m a terrible girlfriend.
This recipe is from How Sweet Eats and didn’t really impress my DB or I. Sure, it was simple… but enchilada sauce is just not meant for pasta. That’s just our opinions, though. What do we know?!
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1/2 green pepper, chopped
- 1/2 red pepper, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper pinch of cayenne pepper
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
- 1/2 pound of dry whole wheat spaghetti
- 1 10-ounce can of red enchilada sauce
- 3/4 cup freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese cilantro for topping
- Cook pasta according to the directions on the box.
- While the pasta is cooking, pour olive oil into a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, peppers, salt and pepper and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft.
- Add garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Mix in the chicken, cumin, cayenne, paprika, chili powder, and enchilada sauce.
- Turn the heat down to low and add the drained pasta to the skillet.
- Gently fold in cheese and mix thoroughly to combine. Serve with fresh cilantro.