Creole Noodles

2013-01-06
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Ingredients

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes, lightly drained (fresh, canned, or mixed)
  • 2 cups sliced okra (or green beans), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 sprigs parsley
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh hot pepper (or 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil or a few fresh leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (reduce if tomatoes are salted)
  • 3 cups cooked noodles or whole wheat spirals or shells
  • 2 cups cooked kidney or pinto beans, drained

Method

Step 1

Saute onion and bell pepper in oil in a 3-quart pot for 5 minutes to soften.

Step 2

Add tomatoes, okra or green beans, parsley, and seasonings.

Step 3

Cover and simmer for 15 minutes until vegetables are just tender.

Step 4

Add pasta and beans and simmer uncovered for several minutes.

Step 5

NOTE: For 3 cups noodles, cooks 2 1/2 cups (5 ounces) pasta in boiling salted water for 10 minutes or until al dente. This can be done either in advance or while the sauce simmers.

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