Torres Family Recipe
Crockpot Creamy Salsa Pasta
Recipe makes 6 meals
• 3 Boneless Skinless Chicken
Breasts, 8 oz each
• 24 oz jar Thick & Chunky Salsa
• 15 oz Barilla Protein Plus Pasta
• 8 oz Reduced Fat Cream Cheese
• 2 cups Fresh Spinach, chopped
• I Tbsp Garlic Powder
• 1/2 Tbsp Onion Powder
• 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
• 1/2 tsp Cumin
• Salt and Pepper to taste
I. Start by placing 3 chicken breasts into your crockpot, along with I Tbsp garlic powder, 1/2 Tbsp onion powder, I/2 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp cumin, and your jar of salsa. Give it a little mix and make sure all of the chicken is covered. Cover and cook on low and slow for at least four hours, or until your chicken is cooked through and shreds easily.
2. When your chicken is done, shred it using your preferred method. I just used the back of two forks.
3. Once your chicken is shredded, cut your cream cheese into cubes and stir in with your chicken until no large clumps remain. Mix in your chopped spinach and let this continue to cook on low, uncovered, while you make your pasta.
4. Cook your pasta according to the instructions on the package.
5. When your pasta is done, strain it and add it into the crockpot with your chicken. Mix well.
6. Give it a taste and add salt and pepper to preference.
7. Portion out into your meal containers and enjoy!
• These recipe can easily be modified to fit your preference. You can use any type of salsa you prefer, and you can swap the spinach with any other veggie. Cook times may need to be adjusted if you are using any fresh vegetables that take longer to cook.
• For even distribution of meals among meal containers, you can either estimate the portions, or weigh the entire batch, and divide that number by your number of meal containers. This recipe makes six meals, so it would be the total weight, divided by six. That will be your portion size per meal.
• If storing for meal prep, place into freezer safe meal containers, and place in the freezer for freshness. Take the meal out of the freezer and place it in the refrigerator the night before to let the meal thaw out.