Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Kat: Pasta Salsa Soup

The nice people at foodbuzz and pace sent me a couple of jars of salsa to try out...and I used them both so quickly that this is the only picture that I got of either jar! I used the first during my holiday potluck party in a recipe that I picked up from our college roommate, Rachel. Simple and the hit of the party....

1 jar of salsa
1/4 cup lite cream cheese
1 cup cooked black beans
-mix, heat through on the stove, serve and enjoy. Best. Dip. Ever.


I used the next jar in an experimental soup that turned out pretty damn delicious.

1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 large carrot, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1 cup vegetable stock
3 cups water
basil, hot pepper flakes, oregano, salt & pepper to taste
1 jar pace salsa
1 large tomato, chopped
1 can kidney beans, rinsed
2 cups cooked pasta

1. Saute onions and garlic in a splash of oil until translucent. Add carrots and celery, saute until tender.
2. Add water, stock, and spices. Simmer for 10/15 minutes.
3. Add salsa, tomato, and beans, heat through.
4. Add pasta then check seasoning.

This makes a LOT of servings....perfect for packing lunches!

I found the Pace salsa pretty yummy. It has a good texture, not too thick/not too thin, and it was very fresh tasting. I also loved that the medium actually had a kick to it....I usually find that I have to add hot sauce to most other brands. I like it hot!!