I had been looking for a new, healthy pasta dish and finally found it. This Chili Mac With Elbows recipe comes together in minutes and is now a family favorite.
When choosing pasta, I always go with the whole grain options. They are readily available in most grocery stores.
Nutritional benefits of whole grain pastas
Whole grain or whole wheat pasta, such as spaghetti, is made from flour that contains the entire grain kernel, the germ, endosperm and bran. Whole grain pasta is rich in many nutrients essential for human health and is high in dietary fiber, which promotes regularity and may help lower cholesterol and aid in cancer prevention.
The Harvard School of Public Health reports that whole grains, such as whole grain pasta, contain compounds called phytoestrogens or plant estrogens. These substances may help to reduce your risk of developing certain types of cancers — particularly in conjunction with the minerals found in whole grains — such as copper, selenium, magnesium and manganese. — LiveStrong
Pasta and bean dish that makes a hearty meal the whole family will enjoy. Serve with a tossed green salad or corn on the cob for a simple and fast dinner.
Recipe adapted from Dr. Neal Barnard’s book, Breaking the Food Seduction.
- 1-1/2 cups elbow macaroni, dry use whole grain pasta
- 1/2 cup onions, diced
- 1/2 cup celery, diced
- 1 medium red bell pepper, diced or any color
- 1 15 oz can fire roasted tomatoes, with juice
- 1 15 oz can red kidney beans or fresh cooked
- 1 15 oz can white kidney beans (or pintos) or fresh cooked
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp basil, ground
- salt to taste, if desired
Cook macaroni according to package directions.
I always use spelt, quinoa, or brown rice pastas that are egg-free. They are readily available in most grocery stores. Make sure not to overcook them, as they will become mushy.
Drain well and set to the side.
Dice onions, celery, and bell pepper.
In a sauce pan, add vegetables and 3 Tbsp of water or veggie broth. Saute until they are slightly tender, approximately 5 minutes. Add more water or broth as necessary.
Stir in all other ingredients (except macaroni). Mix well and allow to cook 5-7 minutes.
Add cooked macaroni, stir, and cook 1 minute longer.
Serve immediately with tossed green salad or corn on cob.