Southwest Beef Cavatappi
with Green Pepper & Smoky Red Pepper Crema
The Southwest meets Italy in this skillet supper, which boasts bold flavors that’ll warm you from the inside out. There’s twisty cavatappi, bites of flavorful ground beef, and sautéed green pepper, all topped with a Mexican cheese blend, smoky red pepper crema, tangy sour cream, and hot sauce for a little kick. A sprinkle of scallion greens adds an extra pop of color. Yes, one skillet really is all that!
Produced in a facility that processes eggs, milk, fish, peanuts, sesame, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, and wheat.
Long Green Pepper
Southwest Spice Blend
Beef Stock Concentrate
Smoky Red Pepper Crema
Mexican Cheese Blend
Not included in your delivery
• Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Wash and dry produce. • Halve, deseed, and thinly slice green pepper into strips. Trim and thinly slice scallions, separating whites from greens.
• Once water is boiling, add cavatappi to pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente, 9-11 minutes. • Reserve 1 cup pasta cooking water (2 cups for 4 servings), then drain. • Meanwhile, heat a large drizzle of oil in a medium pan (large pan for 4) over medium-high heat. Add green pepper and season with salt and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened, 4-5 minutes.
• Add a drizzle of oil to pan with green pepper. Add beef*, scallion whites, and Southwest Spice Blend; season with salt and pepper. Cook, breaking up meat into pieces, until beef is browned and cooked through, 4-6 minutes. TIP: If there’s excess grease in your pan, carefully pour it out. • Add tomato paste; cook, stirring occasionally, until combined, 30 seconds.
• Add ½ cup reserved pasta cooking water (¾ cup for 4 servings) and stock concentrates to pan with beef mixture. Season with ½ tsp salt (1 tsp for 4) and a pinch of pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring, until thickened, 2-3 minutes.
• Reduce heat to low and stir in drained cavatappi, sour cream, smoky red pepper crema, half the Mexican cheese blend (you’ll use the rest in the next step), 1 TBSP butter (2 TBSP for 4 servings), and hot sauce to taste. Season with salt and pepper to taste. TIP: If needed, stir in more reserved pasta cooking water a splash at a time until pasta is coated in a creamy sauce.
• Top beef cavatappi with remaining Mexican cheese blend; cover pan until cheese melts, 1-2 minutes. Divide between bowls; top with scallion greens and serve.
Ground Beef is fully cooked when internal temperature reaches 160º.