Skillet Sopa Seca with Chorizo and Black Beans

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I did tell you that I’ve been totally loving America’s Test Kitchen’s Pasta Revolution.  Like I’ve said before we’re a pasta family.  Or maybe we’re a pasta family because I always choose to make things with pasta.  :)  Quite the conundrum. 

Tonight I decided to try the Skillet Sopa Seca with Chorizo and Black Beans because I’ve had chorizo in my freezer for forever.  I have been looking for a recipe to use the chorizo for a really long time.  A REALLY LONG TIME.  I’m kinda embarrassed at how long it’s been in my freezer, but the dish turned out great.  So it’s a good thing I waited for the right recipe.  :)

The only things I’ve changed are the amount of onion, omitting the chipotle chilis and altering the tomatoes.  Also I was out of cilantro.

Skillet Sopa Seca with Chorizo and Black Beans

8 oz. thin spaghetti, broken in half
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 of an onion, diced
4 oz chorizo, crumbled
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed
4 oz tomato sauce
1 (10 oz) can rotel tomatoes
1/2 cup monterey jack cheese, shredded

Toast thin spaghetti in 1 tablespoon oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, tossing frequently with tongs, until golden, about 4 minutes; transfer to paper towel-lined plate.

Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil and onion to skillet and cook over medium heat until softened, 5-7 minutes.  Stir in chorizo and cook till browned.  Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Stir in broth, beans, tomatoes, and toasted thin spaghetti.  Cover, increase heat to medium-high, and cook at vigorous simmer, stirring often, until pasta is tender, about 10 minutes. 

Off heat, sprinkle with Monterey Jack over top.  Cover and let stand until cheese melts. 2-4 minutes.  Serve with sour cream, avocados or thinly sliced scallions.

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