Rancher’s Pasta (aka Huevos Rancheros Pasta)

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How are you doing on this Happy Humpday?? Got any plans for the weekend? We had an adventurous weekend last weekend, so we are looking at mucho chill and relaxation time; filled with yummy food. Luckily, we got a lot of sleep Tuesday night, and were feeling much more alive on Wednesday. We were definitely riding the struggle bus on Tuesday. Speaking of sleep, how much do you get? “They” say we should be getting 6-8 hours a night. We usually get 6-6.5 hours a night; and wake up feeling fairly refreshed. The 8 hours Tuesday night didn’t seem to change our moods or alertness, but I’m sure our bodies and minds were happier for the extra 2 hours. Leave us a comment below on how much sleep you get on average, and if you feel like it has an impact on your daily routine. On a side note, we ordered the Brain Tonic Tea from Chattanooga, TN based Wooden Spoon Herbs. A blend of estate grown green tea, rosemary, and gingko promises mental clarity and improved memory. We will let you know what we think in an upcoming post.

We promised you some more pictures from our WV trip, so here we go!

Unicorns may live up here.
Unicorns may live up here.

Warren & Hershey on the hike to Table Rock. Hersh wondering if this table includes food and water.
Warren & Hershey on the hike to Table Rock. Hersh wondering if this table includes food and water.

WV local, Thomas (seated beside Warren), took us to this gem of a cocktail bar at The Billy Motel in Davis, WV.
WV local, Thomas (seated beside Warren), took us to this gem of a cocktail bar at The Billy Motel in Davis, WV.

Third installment of WV scenic and family pics coming next time!

On to the food. When new friend, Dana, over at Eats 2 Know told us about a pasta throwdown she and a couple others were having, we knew we had to be involved. We went back and forth between a brussels sprouts and balsamic pasta, and this one. In the end, we felt like this one would be less time consuming (the throwdown is for firefighter/station meals). It’s like huevos rancheros, except you get pasta instead of tortillas, with a bit of shakshuka! This dish is quick; made with minimal ingredients; plus, it’s simple and nutritious. We used spaghetti made from vegetables to boost the health value, but traditional noodles (or spiralized veggies) will also work. The smoky sauce starts with a base of onions, garlic, tomatoes, and is finished with simple beans, corn, and simple seasonings. If you want to purée the sauce, feel free. We didn’t because we wanted to leave it more rustic. Also, there’s an egg on there, because why not, and to add more protein and richness. The cheese, scallion, and avocado garnishes at the end are entirely optional, but we think the cilantro should be included. If you give it a try, let us know what you think in the comments!

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Rancher's Pasta (aka Huevos Rancheros Pasta)
Smoky, and a bit spicy. Vegetarian & vegan option.
Cuisine Southwestern
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Cuisine Southwestern
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. 1.) Season a large pot of water with salt, and bring to a boil. Add spaghetti, and cook to just under al dente, approximately 7 minutes. Reserve a cup of pasta water, drain, and set aside. (*While the pasta is cooking, prep the vegetables).
  2. 2.) Heat olive oil in a heavy bottom pot over medium heat. Add onions and garlic. Stirring frequently, cook for 5 minutes, or until soft.
  3. 3.) Add tomatoes, chipotle, adobo, ancho powder, and oregano. Let simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes. Add beans, corn, and lime juice, and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  4. 4.) In the meantime, begin to fry the eggs. Cook until the whites have just set, and the yolks are runny. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. 5.) Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. 6.) Combine the sauce, pasta, and ¼-½ cp reserved pasta water (depending on saltiness of water). Cook for an additional 2 minutes, or until pasta is al dente and warm.
  7. 7.) Transfer pasta and sauce to a large serving vessel, or individual plates. Top with an egg and any optional garnishes.
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