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Meatless Mondays – Southwest Pasta


  • 1 13.5 oz. box of whole wheat ziti
  • 2 cups frozen corn kernels
  • 1 cup frozen green beans
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and diced
  • 1 green bell pepper cut into thin strips
  • 1 small red onion sliced
  • 1 10 oz. can Rotel canned tomatoes and chilies
  • 1 packet taco seasoning our favorite is Taco Bell brand
  • 4 cups vegetable) broth
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup Mexican cheese blend


  • In a Dutch oven or large pot, add all the ingredients EXCEPT the beans and cheese.
  • Give it a stir to combine everything. Cover, and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, for 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • There should be about 1/2 inch of liquid in the bottom of the pot when it is done.
  • Stir in the black beans and cheese. Heat about 5 minutes or until the beans are heated and the cheese has melted.