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Southwestern Cavatappi

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6 servings

Here's another Healthy Living recipe triumph! Cavatappi is the perfect pasta to serve with this meaty, cheesy, Southwest-style sauce.

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  • Brown meat in large skillet sprayed with cooking spray; drain. Stir in salsa, zucchini and chili powder; simmer on low heat 10 min., stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, cook pasta as directed on package.
  • Stir corn and 1/2 cup cheese into meat mixture; cook 3 min. or until cheese is melted, stirring frequently.
  • Drain pasta; place in large bowl. Add meat mixture, lime juice and cilantro; mix lightly. Top with remaining cheese.
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Special Extra

For spicier flavor, add 1 Tbsp. mashed canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce with the salsa.


Prepare using any small shaped pasta.

Serving Suggestion

Serve with lime wedges.


  • 6 servings

Healthy Living

  • Low fat
  • Low calorie
  • Generally Nutritious
  • Diabetes Center

Diabetes Center

  • Carb Choices: 3 Carb Choice

Diet Exchange

  • 3 Starch
  • 3 Meat (L)

Nutrition Bonus

Tempt your family's taste buds with this delicious low-calorie low-fat meal.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 6 servings
Calories 390
% Daily Value
Total fat 9g
Saturated fat 4.5g
Cholesterol 60mg
Sodium 740mg
Carbohydrate 49g
Dietary fiber 4g
Sugars 6g
Protein 27g
Vitamin A 15 %DV
Vitamin C 20 %DV
Calcium 30 %DV
Iron 20 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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  • cest_moi19 |

    This is a great go-to recipe for a change of pace from other Mexican-type dishes (fajitas/tacos). Tonight, I decided to make it ahead of time and chill it to make a Southwestern Pasta Salad :) I just added the extra cheese, cilantro and lime juice after it had chilled!

  • koederitz |

    This was fine. Kind of like a taco in a pasta bowl. Everyone enjoyed it. I would make it again, it is easy. Easier to eat than tacos, less mess!

  • Fbrandye |

    I have made this several times, but today I didn't have ground beef so I used meatballs still came out just as good. My daycare kids actually like it better with the meatballs.