Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Black Bean Pasta

Recipe Taken From:
Taste of Home, Healthy Cooking
April-May 2010

9 ounces uncooked whole wheat fettuccine
1-3/4 cups sliced fresh baby portobello mushrooms
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes
2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 cups fresh baby spinach

Cook fettuccine according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute mushrooms in oil until tender; add garlic, cook 2 minutes longer.
Stir in the black beans, tomatoes, rosemary and oregano. Cook and stir until heated through. Stir in spinach until wilted. Drain fettuccine. Serve with bean mixture.

Notes & Tips:
I didn't have any fettuccine so I used spiral pasta instead. Also I added the two vinegars because I'm on a huge vinegar kick and I think it was a great addition. I also didn't have any fresh spinach, so I used canned. It wasn't as wonderful as fresh spinach could have been but it's too hot to go out to the store. Great, low cooking, easy, vegetarian meal.

Nutrition Facts:
Serves 6:
2/3 cup bean mixture with 2/3 cup pasta equals 255 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 230 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 12 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 lean meat, 1/2 fat.

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