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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 are looking for the One Pot Southwestern Alfredo Pasta recipe, keep right on scrolling. One more photo and you will be there. I promise. But if you plan on making this dinner recipe and you still need some other great easy chicken dinners, I have more ideas for you:

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

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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. Elena says

    Cook time?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Elena! You aren’t baking this, so there really is no cook time. You saute your red peppers, and you cook the noodles, and use the noodle water to heat up the frozen corn, but that’s about it.

  2. Kayleigh says

    What kind of chicken do you use?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I use just cooked breast meat. This would be a great recipe to use left over rotisserie chicken.

  3. Sammie says

    Pretty good, but wow that was a lot of taco seasoning. It overpowered the dish for sure.

  4. Tandra says

    Very good recipe! I added tomatoes, onion, garlic, a little tomato sauce, and sour cream to the top! Very delicious!

  5. Allison | Ocean State of Style Blog says

    I just recently stumbled upon this recipe on Pinterest, and so I made it for dinner! I did add some extra peppers (red and green) because they are my favorite, but this recipe was seriously SO good!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you liked it!

  6. Shari says

    5 stars
    THis was a breeze to whip up. It’s a get quick dinner.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy you liked it Shari!

  7. Melanie Moseleh says

    5 stars
    This was such a success in my house… good thing I doubled the recipe! We added Monterrey cheese which made it even better. Served with homemade salsa and chips.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy your family enjoyed it!

    • Taylor says

      Hey it calls for cooked chicken we decided to take that on our selves. So do you have an suggestions on how to cook it? I’m lost.

      • Lisa Longley says

        I really love just using a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store in this, but if you want, you could chop up some chicken tenders and saute them in the pan with a little olive oil, salt and pepper until cooked through before hand.

      • Cindy says

        I actually used canned chicken and it was great!

  8. Katie says

    Looks so good! I want to try it tonight but I don’t use canned/jars of Alfredo sauce so I’m worried it won’t have as much flavor… What would you recommend for a more seasoned flavor?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Can you try making your own Alfredo sauce? It’s a pretty key part to the recipe.

  9. Jillian Kuhl says

    How does only 2 cups of noodles make 4 big servings? Am I missing something?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Serving sizes are always a matter of opinion. Please keep in mind that this recipe calls for a lot of other ingredients that are really filling like corn, beans, and chicken. My family definitely felt like this recipe resulted in four big servings, but it’s definitely possible that your family will look at those serving sizes and see them as too small.

  10. Jeanne says

    Since I’m pescatarian.. wonder if I can make this wo the chicken.. sure I can but what do you suggest in lieu of the chicken?

    • Lisa Longley says

      If I were going to do a vegetarian spin on this, I would use a whole can of black beans and a whole can of kidney beans in place of the chicken. Maybe another cup of pasta too.

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