Baked Chorizo and Black Bean Pasta

1 Sep

Baked spaghetti is a dish that takes me back to my childhood. Mom would often make baked spaghetti for dinner, paired with a salad and garlic bread. This pasta dish is a healthy spin on the old classic, using soy chorizo, black beans, whole wheat pasta and a flavorful tomato sauce.

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What I really love about this is that the pasta ends obtain a crunchy texture thanks to the time in the oven. Garnish with some parmesan cheese if you like, serve it up with a glass of red wine, and you’ve got a tasty meal ready in 45 minutes from start to finish.

Baked Chorizo and Black Bean Pasta
Serves 4

  • 8oz whole wheat pasta, such as penne, rigatoni or spaghetti
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tube soy chorizo
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed & drained
  • 1/2 jar tomato pasta sauce – I used arrabiata sauce for an extra spice kick
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • Optional: parmesan cheese to serve

Preheat oven to 375°.

Boil pasta according to package instructions. Drain once cooked.

While pasta cooks, heat olive oil in an oven-safe skillet over medium high. Cook onions until fragrant, about 5 minutes.

Add the soy chorizo and break up so it can cook through, about another 5 minutes. Stir in black beans and cook another 2 minutes. Now add the sauce and molasses, and reduce heat to medium. Let simmer 5 minutes to let the flavors combine. Turn off the heat once it’s cooked through.

Tip: my mother taught me that sugar is necessary to help balance the acid of tomato sauce. Looking to elevate the flavors, I use molasses in this dish, rather than white sugar. However, any sugar-substance will work.

Once pasta is cooked, drain thoroughly and add it to the sauce mixture. Carefully fold in the pasta to coat completely in sauce. Spread out in an even layer, and transfer to the middle rack of the hot oven.

Note: if you don’t have an oven-safe skillet, use a lightly greased 8×8″ glass baking dish.

Bake uncovered for 20 minutes.

Remove from oven (handle will be hot!!!), spoon into bowls and sprinkle with shredded Parmesan cheese if you’re in the mood for it.

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22 Responses to “Baked Chorizo and Black Bean Pasta”

  1. Carla May 3, 2017 at 8:52 am #

    I am not a cook. Nor was my mother. So apparently I need your mother – – and you 🙂 – – because I had no clue about the sugar tip either!!
    I’m really trying to have my daughter not say: my mother was in a cook 🙂
    We don’t do too much intricate stuff during the school year but I’m filing recipes away for the summer when we have lots of time

  2. Abbey Sharp May 3, 2017 at 8:55 am #

    I need this pasta in ma belly right now! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  3. Ange @ Cowgirl Runs (@cowgirlruns) May 3, 2017 at 1:46 pm #

    Chorizo and black beans are two of my faves, can’t wait to try it with pasta!

    • xtinaluvspink May 3, 2017 at 1:47 pm #

      High five to that!! I make black beans in my crockpot almost weekly, so they’re always on hand 🙂

  4. Jessica Fishman Levinson May 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm #

    Such a creative pasta dish you got here. Love the way you think!

  5. loving that combo of the soy chorizo and black beans

  6. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health May 3, 2017 at 6:13 pm #

    definitely a weeknight friendly dinner!

  7. Mikki May 3, 2017 at 7:33 pm #

    Wow. This looks like a great dish.. and not to hard to make.

  8. Emily Holdorf May 3, 2017 at 7:42 pm #

    Mmm pasta is always a favorite of mine! This looks great!

  9. Tara @ A Daily Dose of Fit May 3, 2017 at 8:21 pm #

    What a creative take on pasta. Adding it to the grocery list…

  10. Carmy May 3, 2017 at 9:46 pm #

    Love a good pasta recipe! You can never have enough pasta!!

  11. Julie Wunder May 4, 2017 at 1:56 pm #

    What a great idea to add black beans to this for extra protein! LOVE!!!

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