Shell-shaped Pasta and Black Beans in Tomato sauce

Sounds complicated, doesn’t it? Not one bit.

It’s crazy how such a few inexpensive ingredients can turn into a quick, easy and more importantly tasty meal… particularly on an evening like tonight, when the kids are at each others throats from the moment we walk in the door. (I may, or may not be hiding, er… cowering in the basement with a big bottle of alcohol at this very moment.)

Shell-shaped Pasta and Black Beans in Tomato sauce

1 tbsp olive oil
1.5 cups bell pepper, diced
1 medium onion, diced
2 tsp garlic, minced
2 cups crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce
2 cups black beans (You can find how I make my black beans in the slow cooker here)
2 tbsp homemade taco seasoning (I use this recipe here )
About 3 cups of medium-sized shell-shaped pasta, uncooked
1/2 cup of shredded cheese (I like cheddar or Monterrey Jack with this recipe)

Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add bell peppers, onion and garlic and cook for about 3 minutes. Add taco seasoning and cook for another minute or so. Pour in beans and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Cook for another 5 minutes or so.

In the meantime, cook your pasta and drain. Add the pasta to your sauce and toss well. Serve with cheese and lots of chopped cilantro. Yum.


After we were done eating, Max and I got tomorrow’s (beer and spice marinated flank steak!)  dinner prepped.

Well. I helped. Max watched.
No children were harmed in the making of this blog post.



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3 responses to “Shell-shaped Pasta and Black Beans in Tomato sauce

  1. RnR

    LOVE the picture of Max and the beer :)

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