Spicy Sausage and Corn Pasta

  • Active Time 25m
  • Total Time 1h 5m

Makes 6 main-dish servings

If you like Mexican food, here's a one-dish meal chock-full of all your favorite Mexican ingredients. Choose Monterey jack cheese with jalapeno peppers for extra heat. Look for the corn elbow macaroni at a health food store; it is often used by people on wheat-free diets.


  • 12 ounces reduced-fat turkey and pork sausage or turkey sausage
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 4 ounces corn or plain elbow macaroni (1 cup)
  • 1/2 of a 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained, or 1 cup cooked dried pinto beans, drained
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (4 ounces)


In a large skillet cook the sausage, onion and garlic for 5 minutes, or till meat is brown. Drain off fat. Add tomato sauce, water, cilantro (if desired), tomato paste, salt, cumin, chili powder, coriander and red pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

Lightly grease a 2-quart square baking dish. Layer half of the uncooked elbow macaroni, half of the sausage mixture, half of the pinto beans, and half of the cheese. Repeat layers.

Bake, covered, in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 20 minutes (40 minutes for plain macaroni). Uncover and bake for 10 minutes more (5 minutes more for plain macaroni), or till pasta is tender and mixture is heated through. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.

RecID 2143

nutrition information per serving

292 calories; 12g total fat; 60mg cholesterol; 1303mg sodium; 26g carbohydrates; 4g fiber; 21g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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