An easy vegetarian pasta dish that's perfect for a quick midweek supper. A hearty and delicious tomato, spinach and black bean sauce is served over whole wheat pasta. It's also great served with brown rice, and you can substitute tinned borlotti beans for the black beans.
Black turtle beans, or simply 'black beans' for short, are especially common in Latin American cuisine. High in fibre and packed with nutrients, they're a healthy addition to any dish. If you can't find tinned black beans, use dried.
Parmesan cheese is not truly vegetarian, as it contains animal rennet. To make this dish 100% vegetarian, omit the cheese or find a suitable vegetarian substitute made without animal rennet. In supermarkets look for the 'parmesan style hard cheeses' which are suitable for vegetarians.
This was fun to make and delicious! I added an extra garlic clove and some tomato purée as well as a smidgeon of flour to thicken it up! The sauce alone could be made as a soup. The family loved it!! - 04 Nov 2010
This was excellent! Cooked up quickly and had lots of flavour. Was a tasty, healthy, filling meal! - 30 Sep 2009
Very filling. Nice family meal. I added tomato puree with the tomatoes, as suggested by another reviewer. Came out a lovely consistancy as was flavourful. I will make it again. - 06 Aug 2015