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posted: 02/18/19

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This One Pot Southwestern Alfredo Pasta is super easy to throw together, makes the perfect weeknight meal, and is absolutely delicious! It all comes together in one pot and it is so fast.

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Happy Monday, friends!

I am coming at you hot this fine Monday morning with a delicious recipe that is an older popular one. It is a one pot pasta recipe that you are going to absolutely fall in love with if you haven’t made it already.

I came up with this recipe about three years ago when I was doing a TV spot for a brand and they really wanted me to show case an easy back to school meal. It doesn’t get much easier than this One Pot Southwestern Alfredo Pasta. This recipe is perfect for when you are out of dinner ideas.

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PERFECTING THIS ONE POT PASTA RECIPE

When I first published this recipe, I didn’t have the green chilies in there. Almost immediately I started getting comments on the blog and on social media that all said the same basic thing, “I made this, it is totally amazing, but I added green chilies!” Also, since making this recipe I took a trip to the Southwest and realized that they literally put green chiles on every. single. thing. You all were totally right, this recipe needed green chiles, I don’t know what I was thinking.

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HOW DO YOU MAKE THIS SOUTHWESTERN CHICKEN ALFREO PASTA?

This recipe could not be more simple to make. I love recipes like this that feel like they have been slaved over, but are actually super simple.

  1. Sauté the red peppers and green chiles in a large stock pot. Once they are done, remove them and set them aside.
  2. Fill the pot (no need to clean it) with water, and cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  3. A minute before the pasta is done, throw in the frozen corn.
  4. Drain the pasta and corn, and return them to the stock pot. Add the red peppers and green chiles back in. Also add in the taco seasoning, alfredo sauce, black beans, and chicken.

That’s it!!

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If you make this or any of my other recipes leave me a comment and let me know!

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overhead view of one pot southwestern chicken alfredo pasta in skillet
5 from 4 votes

One Pot Southwestern Alfredo Pasta

Serves: 4 people
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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
This One Pot Southwestern Alfredo Pasta is super easy to throw together, makes the perfect weeknight meal, and is absolutely delicious!  This is such a perfect dinner recipe because it all comes together in one pot and it is so fast.  If you are out of dinner ideas for tonight, make this One Pot Southwestern Alfredo Pasta recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 3.4 oz can of diced green chiles
  • 2 cups dry penne
  • 1 cup frozen corn or the corn from two ears
  • 2 cups cooked chicken
  • 1 cup black beans rinsed and drained
  • 14 oz jarred alfredo
  • 2 TBSPS taco seasoning

Instructions

  • Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add 1 TBSP of olive oil, and then the diced red pepper and green chiles. Cook until the red peppers are soft, remove from pan and set aside.
  • Add 4 cups of water to the saucepan, bring to a boil, and add the penne. One minute before you need to remove the pasta (according to package directions), add the frozen corn. Drain the cooked pasta and warmed corn and return to the pan.
  • Stir in the cooked pepper and chiles, chicken, and black beans. Then stir in the alfredo sauce and taco seasoning.
  • Serve, topping with sour cream, diced tomatoes, and jalapeños if you like!
Calories: 560kcal (28%) Carbohydrates: 71g (24%) Protein: 40g (80%) Fat: 13g (20%) Saturated Fat: 3g (19%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 66mg (22%) Sodium: 375mg (16%) Potassium: 593mg (17%) Fiber: 7g (29%) Sugar: 6g (7%) Vitamin A: 1100IU (22%) Vitamin C: 62.7mg (76%) Calcium: 40mg (4%) Iron: 4mg (22%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

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  1. Cindy says

    5 stars
    Just made this and it was delicious! I had a can of diced tomatoes and green chilis so I used that. I already shared the recipe with my daughters and will definitely be making it again!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy you liked it Cndy!

  2. MEGHAN GRAHAM says

    5 stars
    Made this tonight for dinner after finding this recipe over the weekend…it was so yummy! Will definitely make again. Next time I may try and season the chicken a little more though to add flavor. I also added some fresh cilantro on top! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      So glad you liked it Meghan!

  3. Frannie Obrien says

    It says put water in pan but how much ??? Water to saucepan???

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m sorry, that was unclear. The exact amount of water in that step doesn’t matter because you are draining the pasta at the end. It is just enough to cook the pasta.

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