It’s been a while, huh? Truth is, Corrie has been doing a large chunk of our dinner cooking lately.  I have a 40 minute commute home, and he generally at least starts if not completely finishes dinner by the time I get  here.  It is both insanely wonderful and very much appreciated.  Right now, my only contributions seem to come through making a menu for the week and any meals we might make on the weekend.  So, I think perhaps a few guest posts might be in order especially given that he’s has mad writing skills.  While I’m obviously biased, he occasionally writes for a sports website, etc. so I’m pretty confident it’s true. 😉

Taco Pasta Salad

Serves 8-12

  • 1 pound bow tie or wagon wheel pasta
  • Salt
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen corn
  • 1½ cups salsa
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 8 ounces (2 cups) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3-4 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 large (or 2 small) avocado, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon salt and the pasta. Cook according to the package directions. Drain the pasta and then stir the frozen corn into the pasta to cool the pasta and defrost the corn. Stir the salsa into the pasta and corn, then add the beans, tomatoes, cilantro, and cheese.

Combine lime juice and avocado in a small bowl, and stir to coat avocado. Remove the avocado from the lime juice and add to the pasta (if you’re serving that day otherwise keep it separate until ready to serve), reserving the lime juice.

Heat a small stick pan (not non-stick) over medium heat for a few minutes , add the spices and stir just until they start to smoke, no longer than a minute to toast them. Add the spices, garlic, and ½ teaspoon salt to the lime juice, then slowly whisk in the oil.

Mix dressing into salad. Serve immediately or chill for up to one day.

Recipe found at The Way the Cookie Crumbles, adapted slightly from Cara’s Cravings