i didn't know how it would turn out, because i've had some bad luck with my pasta/bean dishes, but i thought it was really delicious! it reminded me of the days eating chef boyardee and spaghettios... mmm...
Recipe By :adapted from a recipe by Robin Robertson
2 tablespoons water
1 onion -- minced (my onion was really big, i only used about 3/4 of it)
1 large garlic clove -- minced
1 6 oz can tomato paste
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1 bay leaf
6 cups vegetable broth (fatfree) -- or water (i only used 4 cups of vegetable broth and an 8 oz. can of tomato sauce)
3 cups cooked light red or white kidney beans -- rinsed and drained (i used two cans of red beans and a can of northern beans. i'm pretty sure you could just use whatever beans you favor, but maaaybe not fava or garbanzo!)
8 ounces elbow macaroni (i used wholewheat)
Heat the 2 tbsp water in a large, non-stick pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until soft, adding water as necessary to prevent sticking. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute. Reduce heat to low and blend in the tomato paste. Add the oregano, bay leaf, stock, and salt and pepper to taste, and simmer over low heat for about 30 minutes. Stir in the beans. Meanwhile, cook the macaroni in a large pot of salted boiling water, stirring occasionally, until it is just al dente, about 6 to 8 minutes. When the pasta is cooked, drain it and stir it into the bean mixture. Simmer gently for 10 minutes to blend the flavors. Ladle into bowls, passing the soy Parmesan at the table.
Other Pasta Choices: small shells, radiatore
"Pasta For All Seasons"
Per serving: 309 Calories (kcal); 1g Total Fat; (3% calories from fat); 14g Protein; 62g Carbohydrate; 0mg Cholesterol; 849mg Sodium Food Exchanges: 3 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 0 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates
NOTES : Serves 6 to 8.
if you wanted to add some faux meat or something like that, i'm sure you could. one of my friends doesn't like the taste of fake meat so i kept away from that for her sake. enjoy!