Monday, April 16, 2012

Meatless Monday Meal

Here is a great meal for a meatless Monday.  This bean and pasta bake recipe comes from Nikki & David Goldbeck's American Wholefoods Cuisine, published in 1983.  My sister-in-law gave me this cookbook, and I have used it for years.

This dish contains protein, carbohydrates, and vegetables.  All you need to add for a complete meal is a green salad. Note: The recipe calls for three cups of cooked black beans.  I have always used dried beans, but I suppose it would work with drained canned beans.  I expect the finished product would turn out a little mushier though.

Mexican Beans and Pasta Bake
from Nikki & David Goldbeck’s American Wholefoods Cuisine

1 tablespoon oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large clove garlic, chopped
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust amount to taste)
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 28-oz. can whole tomatoes, cored and rough chopped
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried cumin
1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni (can use whole wheat)
1 1/2 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
3 cups cooked black beans (preferably from dried beans)
1/3 cup sliced olives
1 – 1 1/2 cups broken corn tacos or chips
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Heat oil in 2-quart pot over medium heat and sauté onion and garlic for 3 minutes to soften.   Add cayenne and chili powder and cook briefly.  Add tomatoes, oregano, and cumin, and bring to a boil.

Add pasta and corn and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes until pasta is just tender.  Stir in beans and olives.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Transfer bean mixture to a 2-quart casserole dish.  Top with broken chips and cheese.  Bake for 10-15 minutes to melt cheese and heat through.  If casserole is assembled in advance and chilled, increase baking time to 20-25 minutes.


  1. Very nutritional and must be delish as well. Btw, Manchego cheese is from Spain -my country! If you have the chance, try it and decide if you like it. I love it, but I admit that I could live on wine and cheese :S

  2. Wish I had seen this earlier. I didn't know what to make tonight! I will definitely fit it in this week. It looks delicious!

  3. Sounds really good, but I don't think I will try making it this week. I just made a black bean salad over the weekend and I dont' think my hubby would appreciate another black bean entry so soon. :)

  4. Looks very yummy! especially the olives!

  5. This looks so good! I will have to give it a go!

  6. Looks yummy! I don't eat a lot of meat anymore so I'm always looking for new recipes.

  7. Looks tasty and healthy too is a plus. =)

  8. That's a meal that looks like it's so good for you. And tasty too - just love that list of ingredients. I try to have a couple of vegetarian meals a week as well xx

  9. Lots of fiber, healthy, and delicious! I'll have to give this one a try!

  10. Sounds great, can't wait to try it. Richard from My Old Historic House.

  11. This sounds delicious. I love meatless meals.

  12. A bean and pasta bake sounds simply delicious :D
    Absolutely adore this gorgeous dinner!

    Choc Chip Uru


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