take my word for it wednesday.. pasta shells, cheese, jalapenos and tomatoes make for a wonderful mac 'n cheese..

today is take my word for wednesday.. where i am continually asking you to forgive my shortcomings.. today is no different.. these pictures are not very good.. but i hadn't planned on making this dish last night it was totally spur of the moment and therefore by the time i decided to make it and then decided, because it tasted so awesome, to share it with y'all the sun was setting and not ideal for picture taking.. so despite the funky pictures.. take my word for it.. this is ahhhhmmaazing.. ohh so good.. i was driving home from work, which is the time i organize my evening into what i am going to do as soon as i get home to maximize my time and get the most done that i can before bed.. so i was thinking we are having grilled fish tacos and creamy refried beans... i will need to get the fished seasoned and the beans on..  then my mind totally took a detour and  i started thinking about this dish my sis in law used to make which she called cheesy fideo.. you take fideo noodles and break them up and cook them in a little oil for a minute then add a can of diced tomatoes and a can of water cook down the liquid and then add cheese and seasoning.. in a word delish!! well i didn't have fideo.. i had shells left over from when ollie stayed the night and i made grandmommy's mac 'n cheese.. then i remembered i had some velvetta from when i made velvetta spaghetti for a backyard bbq we recently had.. then i remembered in my last bountiful basket i had received a ton of anaheim and jalapeno peppers and since i always keep canned tomatoes on hand a dish was forming in my scattered brain.. when i got home i got the fish seasoned up and the beans started.. i chopped the cabbage, onions, cilantro and peppers for my crunchy cole slaw..i then went ahead and decided to make this dish.. everything turned out yummy.. i can't tell you enough how good this pasta was.. don't you love it when you alter a recipe a little bit and it turns out really good..
i bet if you added cooked ground beef or ground turkey it would make for a wonderful meal maybe serve it with a crisp salad.. ohh i might have to make that next week!!!

spicy velvetta and shells

prep time: 5 minutes
cooking time: 35 minutes
servings: 4


2 cups pasta shells
1 small block of velvetta cheese {16 oz}
1 anaheim pepper, seeded and diced small
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced small {if you want more heat leave the seeds in or throw in 2 peppers}
2 tsp. garlic chili powder {if you can't find garlic chili powder add 1 tsp. garlic powder and 1 tsp. chili powder} i added more at the end because i really enjoy the taste..
salt and pepper
1 16 oz. can of diced or crushed tomatoes
chopped cilantro for garnish {optional}


cook pasta according to package directions.. drain reserving 1/4-1/2 cup of the pasta water.. cut velvetta into chunks.. add the pasta back into the pot, add velvetta, diced peppers, garlic chili powder, salt, pepper and can of tomatoes.. turn stove on medium-low heat and stir everything until the cheese is completely melted.. you might need to add little of the pasta water {kinda depends on the consistency you want it} once it's a cheesy gooey delight remove from stove and serve immediately... it would be awesome with burgers..

enjoy and get cook'n!!


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