This Southwestern-meets-Italian inspired skillet supper has bold flavors that’ll warm you from the inside out—there’s twisty cavatappi, bites of flavorful ground beef, and sautéed poblano. It’s all topped with a Mexican cheese blend, smokey red pepper crema, bright sour cream, and hot sauce for a little kick. Plus a sprinkle of scallion greens adds an extra pop of color. Yes, one skillet has all that.
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Southwest Spice Blend
Beef Stock Concentrate
Smoky Red Pepper Crema(ContainsMilk, Soy)
Mexican Cheese Blend(ContainsMilk)
• Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Wash and dry all produce. • Halve, deseed, and thinly slice poblano into strips. Trim and thinly slice scallions, separating whites from greens.
• Once water is boiling, add cavatappi to pot. Cook 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 servings) over medium-high heat. Add poblano and season with salt and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened, 4-5 minutes.
• Add a drizzle of oil to pan with poblano; add beef* and scallion whites. Season with Southwest Spice, 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 and cook, stirring occasionally, 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 (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; cover pan until cheese melts, 1-2 minutes. Top with scallion greens and serve.