Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Black Beans with Sundried Tomato Pesto (Frugal Food Thursday)

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I'm trying to cook healthier these days, so I often make bean dishes twice a week or so. At least once a week, I make enough of my 3 Can Veggie Chili so that there are leftovers for my husband to take for lunch.

Last week, he complained that the chili was too runny. He had put his lunch bag in the car upside down, and the liquid ran out of the plastic container and got all over everything.

So this week, I decided to try something different - instead of using canned tomatoes, I tried using sundried tomato pesto. I had bought the California Sun-Dry brand when it was on a unadvertised buy one, get one free sale at Publix. Otherwise, this wouldn't be that frugal a recipe.

It came out pretty yummy! I served it over seashell pasta and nstead of topping the chili with shredded Cheddar cheese, I topped it with some grated Parmesan. Pretty yummy!

Here's the recipe:


8 oz dried seashell pasta
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 15-oz can black beans, drained
4 oz prepared sundried tomato pesto
(I use the California Sun-Dry brand, found in the produce section of Publix)
2 tbsp water
1/2 tbsp garlic powder
1/2 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp hot pepper sauce
Parmesan cheese to taste

Cook the pasta according to package directions.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and saute for 3 minutes. Add the red pepper and saute for another 2 minutes.

Rinse the black beans and add them to the skillet. Add the pesto and the water. Mix until the pesto is distributed throughout the dish. Add the garlic powder, chili powder, and hot pepper sauce.

Cover and turn heat to medium-low. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Serve over cooked seashell pasta. Add grated Parmesan to taste.

Makes 4 servings.

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ropcorn November 15, 2012 at 9:28 AM  

Such a great and simple recipe. And what a lovely Blog Hop you have here as well. :-)

Thank you for sharing!

Diane Balch November 16, 2012 at 12:57 PM  

I haven't used sundried tomatoes in a long time... they used to be really popular. Need to give your recipe a try. Great to see you back at foodie friday.

Miz Helen November 17, 2012 at 3:32 PM  

Wishing you and your family a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you soon!
Miz Helen

Carrie @ My Favorite Finds November 19, 2012 at 5:18 PM  

This looks really great! Happy Thanksgiving, and thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday!

Unknown November 19, 2012 at 9:04 PM  

This looks awesome! Sundried tomato pesto and black beans sound like a tasty combination :)

Love Bakes Good Cakes November 26, 2012 at 3:08 PM  

What a great recipe! Thanks for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends. I'm looking forward to seeing what you share this week! :)

Dina-Marie @ Cultured Palate November 28, 2012 at 4:22 PM  

This sounds great and I would love to have you share this on Thursday at Tasty Traditions:

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