Southwestern Black Bean Pasta

You’re probably not even missing the recipes posts this week with the Mother’s Day Gift Guide running daily and all those fabulous prizes! Here’s one anyway: Southwestern Black Bean Pasta.


I shared this recipe this morning over at Good (&CHEAP) Eats for Jessica’s Building a Frugal Pantry series. Black beans are definitely a staple in our pantry! Just check out all these recipes I’ve made featuring black beans:

This series that Jessica has going is a great resource for anyone needing a little encouragement and information on how to stock a pantry well, and frugally. My other posts in this series include 5 Grain Pancakes with Flax and Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers.

Southwestern Black Bean Pasta

Southwestern Black Bean Pasta

Yield: serves 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This simple vegetarian black bean pasta dish only takes a few minutes to prepare and uses mostly pantry ingredients.


  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 Green Bell Peppers, diced
  • 1 Yellow Onion, diced
  • 2 cloves minced Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 3 cans Black Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 28 ounces Tomato Sauce
  • 14 ounces Diced Tomatoes
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb Pasta of choice - penne, rigatoni, and shells all make great choices
  • (penne, rigatoni, rotini, or shells all work great), cooked according to package instructions


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the bell pepper and onion and saute until tender, about 3 - 5 minutes.
  3. Add the minced garlic, dried oregano, and ground cumin. Saute another minute, until fragrant.
  4. Stir in the black beans, tomato sauce, and diced tomatoes.
  5. Cook over medium heat until bubbling, then reduce and simmer for about 20 - 30 minutes.
  6. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Add prepared pasta to a large shallow bowl.
  8. Pour the black bean sauce over top.
  9. Serve, passing shredded cheese (if desired) for sprinkling over individual plates of pasta.


Ground beef cooked in taco seasoning or grilled Mexican chicken make great additions if you are looking to add meat to this meal.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 319 Total Fat 4g Saturated Fat 1g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 3g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 806mg Carbohydrates 58g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 13g Sugar 9g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 15g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.