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Barbecue Baked Beans
and macaroni salad with broccoli / watermelon

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Tonight we're featuring a classic summer meal. Meatless barbecue baked beans are the star of this meal that was last featured in 2021.
Smarts: The noodles will soak up the creamy sauce used in the pasta salad, so wait to stir everything together until shortly before serving.

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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Barbecue Baked Beans:
  • Onions, medium - 1, diced
  • Barbecue sauce - 1/2 cup
  • Stock, any type - 3 Tbsp (sub water)
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 2 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, apple cider - 1 Tbsp
  • Liquid smoke (opt) - 1 tsp
  • Beans, navy (14 oz / 397 g) - 2 cans, drained and rinsed
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
Watermelon:
  • Watermelon - 1 lb, cubes or wedges
Macaroni Salad with Broccoli:
  • Pasta, macaroni - 4 oz (sub any small pasta shape)
  • Bell peppers, red - 1/2, finely diced
  • Shallots - 1 clove, diced
  • Broccoli florets - 8 oz, finely chopped
  • Garlic powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Mayonnaise - 2 Tbsp
  • Sour cream - 2 Tbsp (sub plain or Greek yogurt)
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Vinegar, apple cider - 2 tsp

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Prep

  1. Pasta - (If prepping right before cooking, get oven heating before continuing with prep.) Boil pasta according to package directions. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Onions / Bell peppers / Shallots / Broccoli - Prep as directed. (Chop the ingredients for the pasta salad fairly small.) Store onions in one container. Combine bell peppers and shallots. Store broccoli separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  3. Steam broccoli - Place broccoli florets in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with a damp paper towel and microwave on high until they are tender but still have some crunch, 2 to 3 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  4. Make pasta salad dressing - Combine garlic powder, mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, and vinegar (portion for pasta salad). (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  5. Make baked bean sauce - Combine barbecue sauce, stock, soy sauce, vinegar (portion for baked beans), and liquid smoke. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  6. Watermelon - Slice into wedges or cubes for serving.

  7. Beans - Drain and rinse.

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Make

  1. Heat oven to 425F / 218C.

  2. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add oil and then onions to heated oil. Saute onions until soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Pour baked bean sauce over onions. Add beans and stir everything to combine.

  3. Bring beans / sauce to a simmer and then transfer to heated oven. Bake until sauce is thick and sticky, 20 to 25 minutes.

  4. While beans are cooking, combine pasta, bell peppers, shallots, and broccoli. Add dressing and stir to combine. Season with some salt and pepper. Refrigerate while beans finish cooking.

  5. Serve beans and pasta salad with watermelon on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (26)
Gluten-free (2)
Paleo (5)
Vegetarian (6)

22 reviews

Doubled dressing for Mac salad which was a good choice. Everyone enjoyed the meal.

By: Jennifer
Posted: Jul 18, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

A successful meal, easy and no leftovers,

By: Johanna
Posted: Jul 13, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was perfect! I dry rubbed chicken legs earlier in the day and added barbecue sauce at the end of cooking. I made the macaroni salad with bow tie macaroni and it held onto the dressing and veggies well. I used a frozen mix of broccoli/cauliflower/carrot that also worked well. This may be our go to summer pasta salad! And you can't beat a side of watermelon.

By: Barbie
Posted: Jul 11, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was great. I really loved the flavor of the beans - they’d make a great picnic/BBQ side as well!

By: Melissa
Posted: Jul 03, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Refreshing Broccoli Salad, Easy and Delicious recipe!

By: Sara
Posted: Jul 01, 2022
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Always a favorite!

By: Laura
Posted: Jun 15, 2022
Diet: Original
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