8ozpenne pastaI used whole wheat, around 3 cups penne pasta
1.5cupspasta sauce12 oz, I used Rao's marinara sauce
1/2teaspoonsaltor to taste
1-2tablespoonschopped cilantro+ more to garnish
3/4cup Mexican cheese blendshredded
diced avocadosto serve, optional
Press the saute button on the instant pot. And then press the adjust button to set saute to "less". Once it displays hot, add the olive oil. Then add the garlic, jalapeño, red onion and saute for 4 to 5 minutes until soft and fragrant.
Add the black beans, sweet corn, red pepper. Then add the taco seasoning and mix.
Stir in 1 cup water, followed by pasta and pasta sauce. Do not stir after adding the pasta sauce. You can spread it though over the pasta using a spatula.
Add salt and close the pot. Press the manual or pressure cook button and cook on high pressure for 6 minutes (I will probably do 4 minutes if using regular pasta in place of whole wheat).Let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes and then do a quick pressure release.
Open the pot and stir everything together. Add the cilantro and mix. Also add the cheese and stir until it melts.
Cover the pasta with a lid for 2 to 3 minutes for all the flavors to mix in together after adding the cheese.
Serve southwestern pasta with more cilantro and avocados!
Boil pasta according to instructions on the package. You can reserve some pasta water (around 1/4 cup) to thin out the sauce later.
Heat olive oil in a pan on medium heat. Cook the garlic, onion, jalapeno for 4 to 5 minutes. Then add the beans, corn and pepper. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes and then add the taco seasoning. Cook for 30 seconds.
Add in the boiled pasta and pasta sauce. Mix everything together. You can add reserved water from boiling pasta at this point if the sauce looks thick. Add the cilantro and cheese. Stir until the cheese melts. Serve pasta with cilantro and avocados.
I have used whole wheat pasta here. If using regular white flour pasta, I would cook for 4 minutes with a quick pressure release.
Use vegan cheese to make this recipe vegan. You can even skip the cheese.