My kids would eat pasta most days of the week if given the opportunity. Given the simplicity of the dish, it is the meal I resort to when I’m short on time (or ingredients). A simple homemade tomato sauce and a protein complete the meal. And while this really is my kids’ favorite dinner dish, I often find the need to change up the pasta recipe to break up the monotony. If you are unable to tolerate gluten or are looking to limit your carbohydrate intake, you will love this easy Black Bean Pasta with Tomatillo Sauce.
Black Bean Pasta
Whether you are vegetarian and looking to increase the protein in your diet, limiting your carb intake, or intolerant of gluten, black bean pasta is rich in nutrients. Each serving contributes a significant amount of protein (15-22 grams), fiber (6-8 grams), calcium and other vitamins/minerals.
Black Bean Pasta With Tomatillo Sauce
In this recipe, black bean pasta is paired with tomatillos for a zesty, lemony flavor. Avocado help make the dish creamy.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup white onion chopped
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 3 cups tomatillos husks removed, washed and chopped (approximately 12)
- 1/2 cup green bell pepper chopped
- 1 jalapeño pepper minced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 large avocado peeled, pitted and chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
- 1 tbsp garlic minced
- 12 ounces black bean pasta spaghetti shape
In a large pot, heat oil. Saute onion in oil until it's translucent and tender, about 5 minutes.
Add the broth, tomatillos, bell pepper, jalapeño and salt. Bring to a boil then cook on high for 10 minutes, or until vegetable soften, tomatillos have turned olive green and the sauce starts to thicken.
Remove from heat and add avocado, cilantro and garlic. Using an immersion blender or blender, blend the sauce mixture to desired texture (TIP: It's ideal to leave some texture, similar to a chunky marinara sauce).
While the sauce is cooking, in a separate pot, cook black bean pasta according to package directions.
Serve sauce over noodles. If desired, top with crumbled queso fresco.