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Southwestern Gemelli with Bacon

All You JANUARY 2014

  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Cook time: 12 Minutes
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes
  • Cost Per Serving:$1.45


  • Salt and pepper
  • 12 ounces gemelli or other short pasta
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh corn
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • Chopped cilantro, optional
  • Shredded Cheddar, optional


1. Bring a pot of salted water to boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente, 10 minutes or as package label directs. Drain.

2. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, until crisp, about 8 minutes. Drain off all but 2 Tbsp. fat in skillet, add garlic and chili powder and stir for 30 seconds. Add broth, beans, corn and tomatoes, bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 3 minutes.

3. Add pasta to skillet, tossing to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and shredded Cheddar, if desired, and serve with lime wedges on the side.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 476
  • Fat: 8g
  • Saturated fat: 2g
  • Protein: 21g
  • Carbohydrate: 85g
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 15mg
  • Sodium: 1003mg

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Southwestern Gemelli with Bacon Recipe