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


  • 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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Dec. 21st, 2008 09:19 pm
valkryor: (Default)
I made something for dinner tonight that was very much a cross between a pasty and a Russian cabbage pie, but vegetarian. When I put two on a plate with a chicken breast, it was all very bland looking, but the pasty was quite tasty. :)

Cabbage Pasty )

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May. 9th, 2005 09:27 am
valkryor: (Default)
Notes to Self:

-Natural peanut butter is perfect for nanaimo bars. It helps to cut the cloying sweetness of all that icing sugar.

-Must do yoga tonight. I've been lax about keeping up with my exercise routine (keeping up, that's funny...I can even get it *established*!) and I need to stick with it.

-Hmmm. Should get stuff together to finish the Super Secret LARP Project. I still have time before the next game, but I don't want to be rushing around 5 minutes before I have to leave trying to get it done.

-Open the rest of the windows. For some reason that I cannot fathom, someone has turned the furnace on (?) and it's bloody hot in here already. I'm contemplating sabotaging the switch so it can't be turned on again once it's off until the switch is fixed. Problem: I'm not comfortable enough fooling around with it. Damn. It seems like the only real way to get the furnace to stay off.

-Bathe the baby at some point today. She's due.

-If possible, clip the cats' claws. I just had a gander at Franklin's and they're a bit on the long side.

Wow. That's quite a list. I should get right on that, then. :)

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