Saturday, September 1, 2012

Creamy Latin Style Pasta Salad for #laborday #sundaysupper




Happy Labor Day everyone! I was trying to think of something different than my usual BBQ regulars. I knew we were grilling steaks and making a spinach salad but I wanted a pasta salad, because well, I love pasta. I decided to go to my Southern California roots do something with a Latin/Mexican flair. I was watching Simply Delicioso with Ingrid Hoffman and saw a pasta that she was working on and it gave me TONS of ideas. But you know that as a food blogger I can never leave anyone's recipe alone, so off my little mind went with ingredients dancing in my head. I figured go big or go home, so I threw all of my favorites at this pasta, well not ALL of them, but most of them. Wow, who knew that my little thoughts would go so far?


I love it when my little mental foodie trips take me to a good place, and this of surely did! There is creaminess, spicyness, all of the things you would want from a great side dish. I know I have said we love things hot here, but trust me this is not too hot. You will love every bit of this pasta salad. I will bet money on it!! Kevin said that from now on if someone asks us to bring a dish to a BBQ this is the one we are bringing!!



Creamy Latin Style Pasta Salad


1 pound curly pasta (rotini, cavatapi)
1/2 fat free evaporated milk
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup diced ham
1 cup crumbled Queso Fresco (can sub feta) cheese
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves (a good handful), chopped
1 lime, juiced
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 avocado, diced


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, cook according to package directions. Drain, place in a large bowl and set aside.

While the pasta cooks, combine the evaporated milk, oil, Queso Fresco or feta, cilantro, lime juice and some salt and pepper in a blender. Puree until the dressing is smooth and creamy.

Place the drained pasta in a large bowl. Add the ham, bell peppers, onions, jalapeno, black beans, and avocado. Pour the dressing over the pasta and gently mix it into the salad. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours before serving.

ENJOY!!!


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39 comments:

  1. oooh I think I have everything in the house to make this one! I wanted a pasta salad for our cookout, too, so this is perfect!

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    1. I sure hope you enjoy it Pam!! Have a great day :)

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  2. Great pasta salad! I love the kick from the jalapenos and anything with black beans is awesome to me.

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    1. Thanks Renee. We took some down to my son at work and he barely got to have any because everyone else grabbed it and ate it LOL I love black beans too!!

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  3. Sounds good, Bobbi! Different from oil and vinegar pasta salad!

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  4. The fat-free condensed milk is a great idea!

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    1. I love that you can use it in place of heavier, more fattening cream and you don't know the difference :)

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  5. Whenever I see pasta and creamy in a recipe name, I'm all over it!

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  6. Pasta salad is one of my favorites. What a great idea to give it a Latin twist.

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    1. I love pasta and spice so I knew I had to do something with them together :) I am really glad you like it.

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  7. Love the latin spin on a pasta salad. Looks great!!

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  8. YUMMY! I love the idea of using Feta as a sub, too-- am going to try that!

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    1. I am so glad, let me know what you think Melanie :)

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  9. Oooh, this sounds good. I can always use new pasta salad recipes and I particularly like that this has a latin spin on it.

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    1. Thanks Brandie. I can never have too much pasta LOL

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  10. I love pasta salad, we eat it all summer. This looks like a great version.

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    1. Thank you so much Erin! I have already had requests to bring this to the next get together :)

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  11. This looks creamy, fresh and pretty ! My kids love pasta & this may be a good variation to try out !

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    1. Thank you Sunithi! I hope you enjoy it :)

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  12. pasta salad is just perfect on a summery afternoon! I like that you used condensed milk. I'll be sure to give your recipe a try! :)

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  13. This sounds like such a unique and tasty pasta salad. I must give this a try

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  14. You have an amazing blog! More power to you!

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    1. Thank you so very much! What a wonderful complement!

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  15. Love this salad! Black beans are my fav!

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  16. I love pasta salad, too! This one looks delicious.

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    1. Thanks so much Jennie, I hope you give it a try :)

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  17. What a fun combination of ingredients!

    Thanks for sharing Mealtime Monday!

    Kaylee
    www.couponingncooking.com

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    1. Thanks Kaylee :) and thanks for hosting!!

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  18. I'm intrigued about the condensed milk... It all sounds very yummy though!

    Jamie @ www.mamamommymom.com

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    1. You will be surprise! You don't miss heavy cream at all!

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  19. Thank you so much for linking up last week at Recipe Sharing Monday. The new link party is now up and I'd love it if you joined us again. Have a great week!

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