[personal profile] valkryor
I was intrigued by the idea, but every recipe I could find was either A) Full of Meat or B) Not Terribly Interesting. So I put some things together and came up with a ridiculously tasty meal that was A) Tasty and B) Tasty.

Tasty Chili Cheesy Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 450g pasta (I used large shells and they were perfect. Scoobi Do would also be awesome.)
  • 1 796mL can diced tomatoes
  • 1 540mL can red kidney beans
  • 1 540mL can chickpeas (don't like chickpeas? Use black beans instead.)
  • 1 398mL can baked beans
  • 2 medium cooking onions, diced
  • 1 bell pepper (colour of your choice), chopped
  • 10 cremini mushrooms, sliced (Cremini mushrooms are baby portabellas.)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • grated cheese

1) Make pasta according to package directions.
2) While waiting for the water to boil/pasta to cook, sauté onions and mushrooms together.
3) Add garlic, spices, and bell pepper.
4) Drain and rinse kidney beans and chickpeas. Add to vegetables.
5) Mix in tomatoes and baked beans. Salt and pepper how you like (I do find that tinned tomatoes need a LOT of salt to balance the flavours) and let simmer together until the pasta's done.
5) Drain pasta and mix everything together in one big pot. Cover and let stand for 5-10 minutes.
6) Dish up and add cheese to everyone's portion.
7) EAT.

It's good and it's cheap AND it's meatless, which is awesome, since I didn't find the meal lacking in anyway. You can add cheese to the pot, put a lid on it, then serve it after the cheese is melty, but I did that last night and while it works for that night, it kind of sucks for leftovers.

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