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Taco Night Pasta


  • 1 pound wagon wheel shaped pasta
  • 15 ounces great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 14 ½ ounces no salt added stewed tomatoes
  • 10 ounces mild enchilada sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces soy crumbles, Morningstar Farms
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese, reduced fat, shredded
Cook pasta following package directions. Drain and return to pot.
While pasta is cooking, prepare sauce. In a large skillet, stir together beans, tomatoes, enchilada sauce, chili powder, cumin and salt. Break up tomatoes with a wooden spoon. Simmer over medium heat for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the soy crumbles and simmer for an additional 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir the sauce into pot with pasta. Add half of the cheese, and stir to blend.
Spoon pasta into a large serving bowl and sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup cheese over the top. Serve immediately.

Makes 6 servings

Source : Parents.com

This was a recipe we tried in the past. With the busy week we had, I just opted for old recipes that we’ve already tried, that I knew were quick and easy. They are however new recipes for the blog realm, so I decided it was okay because they are new to you. This was our first venture into the soy “meat” area. The first time I made this, I scoured the grocery store for soy crumbles and came up empty handed. Upon returning home, I looked them up on the internet to see what I was even looking for. With that new found knowledge I returned to the store and found what was needed. I don’t know how your store is laid out, but I shop at Giant’s and these were in the frozen foods around the garlic bread. The kids couldn’t tell the difference and after they’d eaten half of their meal I told them that it wasn’t ground beef but soy. Funny how then they had trouble finishing their meal. Only one boy remembered the previous meal and recalled that it used soy, but he ate it anyway.

This time around #1 asked if he could help with dinner, so he was put in charge of pasta. The sauce itself is pretty much dump and stir. Nothing to it, he likely could have made the whole meal himself. It’s certainly worth a try, especially if you’ve held off from eating soy products in place of actual meat.

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