Do you like fajitas?
Do you like pasta?
So…how about fajita pasta?
Are you on board?
Am I crazy?
I know. This is different. Maybe crossing a couple of culinary lines.
But I was thinking one day. I love the flavor of fajitas. I love the veggies involved. Peppers, onions and tomatoes with a smoky, slightly spicy flavor. I love them. And, I love noodles. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with spaghetti noodles.
So, I thought, why not bring the amazingness of fajita flavor to some noodles. It’ll make those noodles happy.
Here’s what I told a maybe slightly skeptical Greg: a noodle is really just a vehicle for flavor. Yes, it may be that we’re used to that flavor being tomato sauce and cheese or white sauce and veggies, but why can’t we put any flavor on those noodles!
So, that’s just what I did. And! Even better, I went with this new one pot method.
I think her version with tomato, garlic and basil sounds sooo good. I would like to try that soon. You should definitely check it out, too.
But, I just thought this fajita idea would work. I just wanted to taste fajitas on noodles.
For anyone reading this who doesn’t know about the one pot pasta method it is this: Place all pasta ingredients (noodles, water, veggies, seasoning) into a pot, bring to a boil, cover and turn down heat, wait 15 minutes, and you have a complete pasta dish! Everything cooks together, making a yummy, creamy sauce from the starch that’s released from the noodles. How much better can that get?
One pot pasta is big. The flavor possibilities are endless. I’m loving this fajita version. But I want to make more!
I will say, this version won’t be for everyone. It is a bit spicy. The spice in my recipe comes from the cumin and the poblano pepper. If you want to try this, but don’t want the spice, leave out some or all of the cumin. If you do leave it out, I would try using one of those fajita spice packets instead, or whatever seasoning you usually use for fajitas. You could also leave out the poblano pepper and use all sweet peppers.
So, what do you guys think? I hope that you try this. I’ve eaten it three days in a row and can’t get enough. Share your thoughts!
- 1 package spaghetti noodles
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1 poblano pepper
- 1-2 red bell peppers
- 1 medium onion
- 1 15-ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes
- 1/2 - 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
- 4 1/2 cups water
- Thinly slice the peppers and onion.
- Place all ingredients into a large pot over high heat.
- Bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, give it a stir, turn down heat and cover.
- Simmer, stirring frequently, for about 12-15 minutes, or until noodles are cooked through and water is absorbed.
- Taste, and season more accordingly.
- If you don't want this to be overly spicy, leave out the poblano pepper and use less or no cumin.
- If you don't use cumin, maybe try one of the fajita seasoning packets instead!
- After the pasta is done, it may need more seasoning according to your taste. Add until you get it where you like it. It's easier to add seasoning than to take it away!