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Creamy Cajun Pasta with Pinto Beans
and bell peppers / spinach

Active: 30 Total: 30

This spicy and creamy pasta is loaded with colorful vegetables. We've given it a pretty significant makeover, but it is inspired by a meal we featured in 2015.
Smarts: The bell peppers are added at the end of cooking so that they retain some crunch. If you’d like them more tender (or if they are in large pieces), you can add them at the beginning of cooking with the garlic.

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Creamy Cajun Pasta with Pinto Beans:
  • Pasta, any fun shape - 8 oz
  • Bell peppers, any color - 2, diced
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Green onions - 2, chopped, green and white parts separate
  • Limes - 1, wedges
  • Tomatoes, diced and preferably fire-roasted (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can, drained
  • Beans, pinto (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • Butter - 3 Tbsp
  • Flour, all-purpose - 2 Tbsp
  • Milk - 1 1/2 cups (sub stock but the sauce will be less creamy)
  • Jerk or Cajun seasoning - 2 tsp
  • Baby spinach - 5 oz

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Pasta - Cook pasta according to package directions. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Bell peppers / Garlic - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Green onions / Limes - Chop green onions, keeping green and white parts separate. Slice limes into wedges.
  4. Tomatoes - Drain well.
  5. Beans - Drain and rinse.

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Make

  1. Heat a Dutch oven or large saucepan over medium heat. Add butter. When butter melts, add flour, white parts of green onions, and garlic. Saute until no dry spots of flour remain, 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Slowly pour in milk while whisking. Bring milk to a simmer, whisking constantly. Once mixture is simmering, simmer for 2 minutes to allow sauce to thicken slightly.
  3. Stir in Jerk seasoning, drained tomatoes, baby spinach, and bell peppers. Continue simmering until spinach is wilted, about a minute more.
  4. Fold in pasta, beans, and green parts of green onions.
  5. Taste pasta and season with some salt and pepper and / or more Jerk seasoning. If you’d like some tart flavor you can squeeze juice from some of the lime wedges into the pasta.
  6. Serve pasta with lime wedges on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (62)
Gluten-free (3)
Paleo (2)
Vegetarian (20)

Most Helpful

It is good and comforting, but it’s missing something. I think next time i would either add miso paste, or make it the sauce with tomato paste instead of diced tomatoes and white wine and then milk. I’ll try both :)

By: Nienke
Posted: Jun 23, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
1 Helpful

45 reviews

Really liked it! Since I prepped, it was pretty quick and easy. Did the chicken in the air fryer. Left overs for lunches were good too.

By: Barbie
Posted: Jul 13, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Liked the level of spice. Spinach got a little soggy.

By: Julie
Posted: Jul 13, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

We really enjoyed this! I don't do much pasta but this was one I wanted to try. It did not disappoint.

By: Kimberly
Posted: Jul 12, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

It is good and comforting, but it’s missing something. I think next time i would either add miso paste, or make it the sauce with tomato paste instead of diced tomatoes and white wine and then milk. I’ll try both :)

By: Nienke
Posted: Jun 23, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
1 Helpful

We loved this! We used Cajun seasoning and doubled it for the chicken portion.

By: Kerri
Posted: Jun 09, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Due to some very strong food preferences, I modified the ingredient list a smidge (no peppers, no spinach), but otherwise followed the recipe as best I could. The chicken was divine, and the pasta was most excellent. The kids loved the richness of the cinnamon and brown sugar in the marinade with the jerk seasoning, and I was pleasantly surprised to pull off a cream sauce. Don't skimp on the jerk seasoning for the sauce! I did, and the pasta was a little bland, especially next to the chicken.

By: Kenneth
Posted: Jun 07, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful