Quinoa Recipes

Southwestern Pasta

This is a sponsored post brought to you by GoGo Quinoa.  All opinions are my own.

This Gluten-Free Southwestern Pasta is a family friendly recipe that makes a great weeknight meal.  Packed with veggies, this is a pasta recipe you can feel good about.  Vegan Option.

Today, I’ve got a Southwestern Pasta that you are going to love, but first, let’s talk pasta in general.

There are few foods I love more than pasta.   Give me a bowl of pasta, and I am a happy girl.

But the truth is, I have always felt a little conflicted about pasta.

Because delicious as it is, most pasta doesn’t leave me feeling my best.

I don’t eat a lot of white carbs because it sends my blood sugar into orbit. Typically I have an energy crash about two hours afterward.

Unfortunately, even most gluten-free pasta has this effect for me.

Whole grains solve this problem, but I’ve struggled to find a whole grain gluten free pasta that I loved.

But now I have – GoGo Quinoa Super Grains Pasta!

Go Go Quinoa Fusilli

I’m so excited to be partnering with GoGo Quinoa to spread the word about this amazing pasta, which is launching in the United States at Costco this month.

You can check out the locations where it is available HERE.

There is so much to love about this Fusilli pasta!

  • Just Four Ingredients: Organic Sorghum Flour, Organic Quinoa Flour, Organic Amaranth Flour and Organic Chia Flour
  • An Excellent Source of Fiber and Iron
  • USDA Organic
  • Non GMO Verified
  • Certified Gluten Free
  • Vegan
  • Rice Free
  • Corn Free

Overhead shot of Gluten-Free Southwestern Pasta

This pasta is perfect for those of us who try to eat healthier to enjoy pasta without worrying about the consequences.

Oh, and did I mention that it is delicious too?!  We loved it in this Southwestern Pasta!

(In fact, even though the rest of the family isn’t gluten free, they all love this pasta. And you guys know how crazy-picky my kids are.)

You know what else has me excited by this pasta? You can reheat it without it falling apart or getting a weird hard texture.

That is a huge, huge win in my book.

If you have never heard of GoGo Quinoa, they are a company that you are going to want to get to know.

Close up shot of Gluten-Free Southwestern Pasta

Who is GoGo Quinoa?

GoGo Quinoa is a Canadian based company that is on a mission to contribute to our nutritional well-being. They offer delicious, nutritious and innovative products that are sourced ethically and responsibly.

I love the simple beauty of their products. All of them classify as real food, with ingredient lists that are short and simple and at the reading level of a 6-year-old.

The principles of fair trade practices guide their supplier selections, operations and relations with employees.

GoGo Quinoa offers a broad range of products made from quinoa, other Andean grains, and superfoods. All of them are certified Gluten Free, certified Non-GMO, and vegan.

Have food sensitivities? They have you covered. All products are manufactured in factories that are free of nuts, peanuts, almonds, sesame, and soy.

 

 

 

Close up of a spoon with Gluten Free Southwestern Pasta

In addition to the Super Grains Pasta, here are some other products from GoGo Quinoa that I’ve tried and love! (You can get them on their website.)

  • Quinoa (You might have guessed that from the name!)
  • All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
  • Whole Grains Pancake Mix
  • Flakes: Quinoa, Buckwheat, Amaranth & Lentil
  • Quinoa Choco-Puffs
  • Quinoa Cookies (need I say more?!)
  • A complete line of pasta including Penne, Spaghetti, Anelli
  • Ready to Cook Items like Vegetarian Paella, Quinoa Provencal, and Basmati & Wild Quinoa Pilaf
  • Quinoa Puffs (Obsessed. Made the boys crispy treats for a party. Huge hit. And now I’m the Mom that got all the kids eating quinoa.)
  • And much, much more.  (You owe it to yourself to check out all the fun products they have on their website.)

Don’t forget to be on the lookout for the Supergrains pasta at Costco. While you are there, you can also check out their Rice & Quinoa Macaroni.

If you make this Southwestern Pasta, let me know how it goes!

Southwestern Pasta

This Gluten-Free Southwestern Pasta is a family friendly recipe that makes a great weeknight meal.  Packed with veggies, this is a pasta recipe you can feel good about.  Vegan Option.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces quinoa pasta cooked according to package directions
  • 8 ounces turkey bacon diced (or tempeh bacon)
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder see note
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 15 ounces black beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups corn kernels thawed
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes diced
  • 3 ounces cheddar cheese shredded (or Daiya Shreds)
  • Cilantro for garnish

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. (Remember to stir in the first 2 minutes, add oil and salt.)

  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon on medium-high heat until crispy. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon.

  3. Add onion and jalapeño to the pan, and cook for 7 to 8 minutes, until the onion begins to brown.

  4. Add garlic, ancho chili powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, cayenne and salt. Cook for 1 minute.

  5. Add broth, black beans, corn and tomatoes. Bring to a simmer and cook for three minutes, until heated through.

  6. Stir in drained pasta and cheddar cheese. Remove from heat.

  7. Garnish with cilantro and serve warm.

Recipe Notes

To reheat, add 1/4 cup of broth and heat gently in a saucepan.

If the spice list is a little much for you, feel free to use taco seasoning instead.  The flavor will be different, but delicious.

Corn free?  Just leave off the corn and add a diced red pepper to the onion mixture.

Nutrition Facts

Southwestern Pasta

Amount Per Serving

Calories 372 Calories from Fat 108

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 12g 18%

Saturated Fat 4g 20%

Cholesterol 38mg 13%

Sodium 1025mg 43%

Potassium 501mg 14%

Total Carbohydrates 47g 16%

Dietary Fiber 6g 24%

Sugars 2g

Protein 19g 38%

Vitamin A 11%

Vitamin C 16.9%

Calcium 10.4%

Iron 13.5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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