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Latin-Spiced Cheddar Shells
with black beans / broccoli

Active: 30 Total: 30

This week we're bringing back a super simple classic - cheesy pasta shells with Latin-inspired spices and broccoli. This recipe was previously featured in 2020.
Smarts: Boiling the pasta and the broccoli together saves time and dishes - just be sure to only add the broccoli at the end of cooking so it doesn't overcook. 

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Proteins
Cuisines

Ingredients

Metric
Servings:
4
Latin-Spiced Cheddar Shells with Black Beans and Broccoli:
  • Onions, medium - 1, chopped
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Broccoli - 1 lb, chopped
  • Cheese, cheddar - 5 oz, grated
  • Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander, ground - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Milk, any type - 1 cup
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Nutmeg (opt) - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Flour, all-purpose - 2 Tbsp
  • Beans, black (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • Pasta, uncooked shells - 8 oz (sub any small pasta shape)
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp

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Prep

  1. Onions / Garlic / Broccoli / Cheese - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Make spice mix - Combine chili powder, ground coriander, and cumin. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  3. Make sauce base - Mix garlic with milk, mustard, nutmeg, salt, and flour.

  4. Beans - Drain and rinse.

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Make

  1. Bring a large stock pot (stock pot should accommodate pasta and broccoli) of water to boil. Salt generously and add pasta. Cook until al dente, tender but not soggy. Add broccoli in the last 1 1/2 minutes of cooking.

  2. When pasta is done, reserve 1 cup / 235 ml (for 4 servings; adjust if customizing) of pasta water and drain pasta and broccoli.

  3. Heat a saute pan over medium heat. Add oil and then onions to heated oil. Saute until onions are tender, 2 to 3 minutes.

  4. Add beans and spice mix and continue to saute until spices are fragrant.

  5. Pour sauce base over beans. Whisk sauce base and, once it starts to thicken, add in pasta and broccoli.

  6. If the sauce is too thick, pour in some of your reserved pasta water. Keep on adding the pasta water until you get the consistency you want.

  7. Remove pan from heat and stir in cheese until melted.

  8. Season pasta with some salt and pepper. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (48)
Gluten-free (4)
Paleo (4)
Vegetarian (8)

Most Helpful

Probably doubled the amount of cheese but we all enjoyed it. Would make it again

By: Tiffany
Posted: Aug 18, 2022
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

35 reviews

I made this for a dinner party and all 13 guests enjoyed it. Very easy in two big pots.

By: Caitlin
Posted: Sep 22, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Hard not to love mac and cheese

By: Jenna
Posted: Sep 15, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Every one loved this. No leftovers! Doubled the spices - otherwise made following the recipe.

By: Jennifer
Posted: Sep 13, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Super easy and tasty. Kids loved it, this was a nice easy Mac and cheese. I may add some different cheeses next time. Will make again

By: Ila
Posted: Sep 08, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Easy to throw together. Mine was a little thick because I forgot to save the pasta water, of course. Looking forward to the leftovers.

By: Kristen
Posted: Sep 01, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Maybe it was because I did not have high expectations and did not expect to like this at all, but I found it very delicious and extremely in a category of a comfort food. Thoroughly enjoyed every bite and I'm looking forward to the leftovers.

By: Jane
Posted: Aug 24, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful