Salsa, Pasta and Beans

This recipe was recommended in the book as a side dish…if so, you would get twice as many servings!  We used it as our main dish and I served a green salad with cheese and a protein dessert…this time a custard.  This is quick and easy; and also makes a nice addition to a company meal, where you may have vegetarians who could make this their main dish too. 
I used kidney beans, because that’s what I had on hand, and I think black beans would be good too.  I also think you could use whatever Mexican-flavored tomatoes you had on hand…Picante sauce, canned tomatoes with chilies, etc., besides salsa.  Any sturdy pasta would also work – medium shells or penne, for instance.  That makes it a good clean-out-the-fridge and pantry dish that everyone will enjoy.                   
Salsa, Pasta and Beans
  8          Ounces  Bow Tie Pasta -- uncooked
     1/2   Cup  Onion -- chopped
  1          Medium  Sweet Yellow Pepper -- chopped
  1          Tablespoon  Olive Oil
  2          Teaspoons  Garlic -- minced
  16        Ounces  Canned Red Beans -- rinsed and drained
     3/4   Cup  Vegetable Broth
     3/4   Cup  Salsa
  2          Teaspoons  Cumin
     1/3   Cup  Fresh Cilantro -- minced
Cook pasta according to package directions.  Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute onion and pepper in oil for 3-4 minutes or until crisp tender.  Add garlic; cook 1-2 minutes longer.
Stir in the beans, broth, salsa and cumin, bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered 5-6 minutes until heated through.  Drain pasta; stir into bean mixture.  Sprinkle with cilantro.
You can substitute black beans or kidney for the red beans if desired.
4 Servings  (8 Servings as a side dish)
 "Simple and Delicious Cookbook"
Per Serving: 205 Calories; 5g Fat (21.6% calories from fat); 9g Protein; 32g Carbohydrate; 9g Dietary Fiber; trace Cholesterol; 882mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 1 1/2 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 1 Fat.


  1. Just had to let you know how much my family raved about the Savory Chicken Dinner recipe that I made last night. Thank you so much for posting the recipe and it felt so good to get continual compliments all through dinner. Going to try the salsa, pasta and beans next week and hope you post more meatless main dishes as it is getting so expensive and I am trying to make about three meatless dises a week. Thanks again!

  2. Thanks so much for the nice comment. We like the Savory Chicken Dinner also. Sue is the meatless meal person. My family won't give up their meat.


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