I think I've been making this recipe longer than any in my collection. Over twenty years. I didn't cook much as a kid, but I found this recipe in a magazine, and made it for my parents and brothers to rave reviews. It's curious - it doesn't seem like the sort of recipe that would've been in Sassy or Seventeen, which are the magazines I read back then, so I must have been flipping through one of my parents' magazines and found it. I guess you could say this was the start of my cooking adventures, and somehow I've hung on to the magazine clipping for all these years, breaking out the recipe each fall to make this savory dish for my own family.
1/4 16 ounce package elbow macaroni (1 cup)
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 medium sized carrots, thinly sliced
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium size zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 medium sized yellow squash, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
3 tbsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 28 ounce can tomatoes
1 16 ounce can whole kernel corn
1 4 ounce can chopped mild green chilis
1/3 cup tomato paste
1/4 tsp hot pepper sauce
2 15 1/4 ounce cans red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
Prepare macaroni as label directs, but don't use salt in water. Drain and set aside. Meanwhile, in large pot over medium-high heat, cook carrots, onion, and garlic in olive oil until vegetables begin to brown. Add zucchini and yellow squash, cook until all vegetables are tender-crisp.
Stir in chili powder and salt, cook 1 minute. Add tomatoes with their liquid, corn with its liquid, chilis with their liquid, tomato paste, hot pepper sauce, and 2 cups of water. Over high heat, bring to boiling. Reduce heat to low, simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes. Stir in beans and macaroni, heat through.
Makes 6 main dish servings (we typically have plenty of leftovers - it makes a lot). 390 calories per serving. You could easily convert this to gluten free, if needed, by omitting the pasta or using a gluten free version.
Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family has! Readers, is there any recipe you've been making for most of your life?