You’ve probably heard that there’s a hurricane going on, although by the time this posts it will have ceased. Luckily we didn’t lose power, so I was able to cook up a storm inside while it hurricaned outside. Because I refuse to be “that person” stocking up on a lifetime’s worth of canned goods in preparation for a storm that may or may not happen, we didn’t have a lot of dinner options. I like to use storms to my advantage and really clear out the pantry and get creative. This was a great dish for using up some bits and pieces of recent meals that were just about to turn and also a great use of some canned and frozen ingredients that I always have on hand.
You don’t need much to make a great pasta dish. I didn’t have any meat in the house, so I bulked up this dinner with black beans so that we weren’t skimping on the protein. Egg noodles are a great accompaniment to any veggie and they hold up really well in this dish. Next time you find yourself stuck inside while mother nature is angry, try making your own variation of this pasta and amaze yourself with how creative you can be when you put your mind to it.
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 2 carrots, diced
- 2 ribs celery, diced
- 5 oz frozen bell peppers, thawed
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
- 1 tbsp oregano
- 15 oz canned black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 scallions, sliced thin
- 1 handful cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
- 1 lime, juice and zest
- 1/2 pound egg noodles, cooked to package directions
In a large pot, heat 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil. When hot, add the carrots, celery, peppers, salt and pepper and cook for 5 to 7 minutes. Once the vegetables have started to soften, add the garlic, chipotle pepper and oregano. Continue to stir until the pot becomes very fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Add the beans, scallions, cilantro and lime zest to the mix. Combine everything and cook for another few moments while the pasta finishes up. After draining the pasta, toss it into the vegetables along with the lime juice and the remaining olive oil. Dig in and stay dry!