Pasta With Chunky Tomato Black Bean Sauce Recipe

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Pasta With Chunky Tomato Black Bean Sauce
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  1. Cook pasta as instructed on the packet, drain, and set aside.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a saucepan on medium heat and add minced garlic. Saute until translucent, then add chopped onions and saute until soft and starting to turn brown.
  3. Add cooked black beans, saute for a minute, then add half of the water (1/2 cup if you're using the original measurements of this recipe) and bring to the boil. Lower heat and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  4. Now mush the black beans right there in the saucepan with a fork or a ricer to blend in with the water to create a thick sauce. You can leave some beans whole depending on your choice - this is your creation.
  5. Once some or all the beans are mooshed to satisfaction and the concoction is nice and thick, add the tomato paste and saute for a minute to remove its rawness. Then add the chopped tomatoes, remaining water, and sugar (to reduce the acidity of the tomatoes) and mix well.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste. I generally prefer to do this as you go along, adding small amounts of salt and pepper to each stage of sauteing.
  7. Allow the sauce to bubble nicely and simmer for about 5-10 minutes or until it is satisfactorily thick.
  8. Now it's time to throw in the sliced olives, swirl around, then add the fresh basil and thyme and mix gently. Let simmer for a minute, then add the cooked pasta and mix well, ensuring that all the pasta is well covered by the sauce.
  9. Remove the saucepan from the hob and let it sit for a minute away from the heat. Now if you're using the sour cream or Greek yogurt, this is when you would add it in and mix gently. Do not add this while the saucepan is still on the flame/burner or it might curdle. Well, even if it does, it's not going to taste bad, it's just going to look a bit odd, but will still taste just as good - honest.
  10. That's it - all done. Garnish with some fresh basil leaves if you've got some lying around and serve hot.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 800.18 Kcal (3350 kJ)
Calories from fat 469.28 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 52.14g 80%
Cholesterol 20.13mg 7%
Sodium 3314.03mg 138%
Potassium 1263.62mg 27%
Total Carbs 68.2g 23%
Sugars 16.8g 67%
Dietary Fiber 23.69g 95%
Protein 21.22g 42%
Vitamin C 28.8mg 48%
Iron 3.1mg 17%
Calcium 288.6mg 29%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 84.76 Kcal (355 kJ)
Calories from fat 49.71 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.52g 80%
Cholesterol 2.13mg 7%
Sodium 351.06mg 138%
Potassium 133.86mg 27%
Total Carbs 7.22g 23%
Sugars 1.78g 67%
Dietary Fiber 2.51g 95%
Protein 2.25g 42%
Vitamin C 3.1mg 48%
Iron 0.3mg 17%
Calcium 30.6mg 29%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 19.5
  • 21

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol,
  • good source of fiber

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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