Tuesday, August 28, 2007

It can't all be gourmet.

Tonight's dinner was not gourmet, but it was easy and tasty. We've had a box of Chicken Quesadilla Pasta Roni sitting in our pantry for a long time. It made the move with us and was around for awhile before that. Tonight I decided it was time to get rid of it. It's hard to call this a recipe, but I did do some serious doctoring to the box dinner, with a little inspiration from the serving suggestions. I was actually quite surprised at how good it came out. I probably won't be buying the box stuff again any time soon, but it's good to know that something really tasty can come from surprising sources.

Chicken Quesadilla Skillet Dinner
source me and Pasta Roni

1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1 jalapeno, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 box Chicken Quesadilla Pasta Roni
1 1/2 c water
1/2 c milk
2 T butter
1 c frozen corn
1 c salsa
1/2 c cheese
chopped tomato
chopped black olives
sour cream
crushed tortilla chips (I baked some corn tortillas in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes)

Brown ground beef in large skillet. When almost brown, add jalapeno, red pepper, and onion. Soften until beef is browned. Stir in water, milk and butter and bring to a boil. Add pasta, seasoning mix and corn to the pan and return to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer until pasta is al dente. Stir in salsa and cheese. Serve with chopped tomato, olives, sour cream and crushed tortilla chips.


Dori said...

i have some of those pasta roni and rice a roni boxes that have made the move with us as well. i need to get creative and get rid of them! thanks for the inspiration!

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