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Friday, July 29, 2011

Oven Roasted Tomato and Black Bean Pasta

How convenient was this. I really wanted to make something for one of my ministers yesterday. She has been in bed with back problems for days, she is vegetarian, and boy do I have vegetables. In the morning I had roasted two trays of October Farm's Oven Roasted Tomatoes, that are to die for. Everyone should keep a jar of these in the refrigerator all year. This was the perfect recipe to make.

Oven Roasted Tomato and Black Bean Pasta
8 cups
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1 tablespoon olive oil

2 cups zucchini, sliced
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup onion, chopped
2 fresh jalapeno peppers, seeded, diced
2 cups Oven Roasted Tomatoes, cubed, (If you use fresh, peel and seed them)
1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
15-ounce can black beans, with juice
2 cups cooked penne pasta, or your favorite pasta
Picante sauce to taste

Add olive oil to skillet and saute zucchini, garlic, onions and jalapenos over medium heat, until slightly tender.

Reduce heat, add tomatoes and cilantro. Heat thoroughly.

Add beans and pasta. Simmer an additional 3-5 minutes. Serve warm with picante sauce.


  1. don't you just love them? you can use them in anything and they make everything better. even when i am using canned or fresh tomatoes, i mix some of these in because of the concentrated flavor they add. i even spread them on sandwiches that i also put fresh tomatoes on. they are terrific in winter when you can't get good tomatoes. i always have them in my fridge. i add extra olive oil before baking because the tomato infused olive oil can be used in just as many ways!

  2. what a kind thing to do,, this sounds so good,, I imagine she was very happy to get this dish,, yum!

  3. Oh what a lovely recipe and so timely. Our garden is full of tomatoes so I can't wait to try this!

  4. i have got to make some oven roasted tomatoes before summer is out....alot of my roma and san marzano tomatoes are just turning red....

    the pasta dish sounds wonderful...

    happy to visit today

    kary and l'il teddy


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