Saturday, January 21, 2012

A super speed dinner solution!

I think everyone regularly has the problem where you're stuck for what you are going to have for dinner. 
You don't have much time or your fridge and pantry are looking pretty bare.. 

I thought I'd share a delicious recipe with you that might fix that problem for you, 
or maybe even inspire your dinner one night this week! 
This pasta dish is quick, easy and can use up whatever you have in your fridge. 

This dish was inspired by some products sent to me from Global Organics
Global Organics products are sourced worldwide to give you quality organic food in your kitchen for your every day use. 

Their tomato range includes;
tomato paste - perfect for adding a rich tomato flavour to dishes
pesto rosso - a delicious addition to sandwiches, pasta dishes, vegetables or whatever you fancy
tomato passata - a super easy base for pasta dishes or use in casseroles, as a pizza sauce etcetc.

Global organics also have the only Organic Black Beans on the market.
They're perfect for adding to mexican or latino style dishes and are packed full of fibre and antioxidants.

Global Organics traditional Italian style pestos are incredible - the basil pesto comes in two varieties, vegan pesto verde and basil pesto siciliano with the addition of delicious italian cheeses.
They're perfect for stirring through freshly cooked pasta for a simple meal. 
The pesto siciliano is most definitely my favourite and something I'll be sure to keep in my pantry.

Global Organics mustards come in both a wholegrain mustard and a strong dijon mustard
which make the perfect addition to sandwiches or served alongside roasted meat or vegetables. 

  Olive paste or tapenade, as it's also known, is perfect for serving as a tangy spread for fresh bread and vegetables or used as an addition to cheese plates or to give your meals a burst of flavour

Global Organics Maple Syrup is delicious. 
It's pure maple syrup, unlike the artificial Maple "flavoured" syrup you can find, so it has a delicious full flavour that's perfect for topping pancakes, ice cream or using in desserts.
It's even great with savoury dishes, try roasting carrots or vegetables in some maple syrup for a change!

 But back to the pasta, you want the recipe - right?! 
Well here it is! Remember, you can easily adapt it to suit whatever you have on hand at the time!

Super Simple Southwestern Black Bean Pasta
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 - 2C tomato passata
1 tbsp olive oil 
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 small onion, finely diced
Optional: any vegetables you might have in your fridge - carrots, celery, capsicum etc.
1 1/2 tsp cumin 
1 tsp dried oregano
Mexican chili powder, to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste
250g pasta, cooked al dente and drained (this can be increased/decreased to suit how many you're serving)
Grated cheese/coriander/shallots to top 

In a medium saucepan, saute onion over a medium high heat until soft. 
Add garlic and spices and saute for a further minute.
Stir in the tomato passata, gently stir through black beans. 
Add pasta to the pan and toss through the sauce.
Add your desired toppings and enjoy! Simple as that.

Now, can you get any easier than that?! 
The Global Organics range is available at a number of stockists around the country, to find the closest to you check here! 

So tell me, 
on rushed nights what's your go-to meal? 

Kristy received Global Organics products courtesy of
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  1. I love black beans but i never thought of using them in pasta. I think this would make a really yummy mexican pasta bake!!! i'm going to make this for dinner this week ;)

  2. That's a great idea, Kelly. Enjoy!

  3. I found your blog on HealthyTippingPoint and I'm so glad I did! Aside from great photography, you have awesome simple recipes! I'm absolutely going to use this one to cook dinner tomorrow night - I've been in a rut lately and trying to convince my sister/roommate to lay off the meat!

    jo from

  4. Hey Jo! I'm so glad you did too.
    I hope this pasta dish works out fabulously for you! Enjoy :)