Gluten Free / Main Dish / Vegan

Black Bean Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes and Spinach

I made black bean pasta for the first time last night, and it totally blew my mind.  I had the leftovers for lunch today.  And I would eat it again for dinner tonight if I could, but I promised the bf taco salad.

To serve 2 people, you will need:

black bean pasta package1/2 package (about 3.5 ounces) Black Bean Spaghetti (I used Authentic Cuisines ‘Organic Black Bean Spaghetti Shape’ found at Whole Foods)

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 large cloves garlic, minced (or 3 small ones)

1-2 teaspoons red pepper flake (depending on the heat that you enjoy)

1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut lengthwise

3 handfuls baby spinach

3/4 cup canned tomatoes, blended (can be substituted by adding extra cherry tomatoes)

salt and pepper to taste

Start by boiling about 6 cups of water in a large pot.

While you are waiting for the water to boil, place your olive oil in a big fry pan along with minced garlic and red pepper flake and turn on low heat.garlic and red pepper flake

When water is boiling, salt water (about 3 tablespoons), add pasta and stir.  Cook pasta according to the package (in my case, cooking over a low heat for 6 minutes).

When pasta is cooked, strain and rinse under cold water to prevent it from sticking together.

strained black bean pasta

When garlic begins to brown, add the chopped cherry tomatoes and the tomato puree to the pan, along with some salt and pepper, and continue to cook over low heat.

mixing in tomatoes and sauce

Once liquid begins to slightly boil, cook for another 5 minutes, until cherry tomatoes soften.

cherry tomatoes cooking

Once the tomatoes have softened and the liquid has cooked down a little, add the pasta and the spinach to the pan and cover.  Continue to cook for about a minute and then mix everything together (which will cause the spinach to wilt).black bean pasta in pot

Serve and top with freshly grated parmesan cheese (if desired) – which of course, no longer makes the dish vegan.

Oh the joys of pasta alternatives (and this one offers 25 grams of protein in each serving!).  Enjoy!

with love and great meals,


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