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Cowboy Bean Pasta Recipe (High Protein, Vegan, Gluten Free)

This cowboy bean pasta is a high protein lunch or dinner, made with 3 types of beans, pantry pasta, and loaded with fresh vegetables & spices! A healthy high protein pasta and bean with canned beans and fresh or frozen veggies that is ready in about 30 minutes.
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I’ve been making tons of new beans recipes lately, and this cowboy bean pasta has been one of my favorites.  Cowboy or Cowgirl, we’re all for equality here!  It’s a hearty and plant-based dinner that comes together quickly, and will keep you full all day. This recipe is high in fiber and protein, and has a great texture from using 3 different kinds of beans. This stew is like meatless chili, but has a fun southwest flavor from the barbecue sauce.

This Cowboy Bean Pasta Recipe Is:

  • Smoky
  • Sweet
  • Hearty
  • Satisfying
  • Loaded with Vegetables
  • Flavorful
  • A great recipe to use up canned beans
  • Vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, and high protein

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Meal Prep Bean and Pasta Recipes For the Win!

This cowboy bean pasta is the perfect recipe for healthy homemade meal prep.  I am a huge fan of meal prepping, batch cooking, and making recipes ahead.  I love the convenience of cooking once and being able to enjoy healthy homemade meals during the week when I don’t have time. There’s a whole section of TheHerbeevore.com dedicated to my favorite tried & true meal prep recipes.  With just a little planning and prep, you can have a week’s worth of recipes ready in the time it would take to make one portion.  Just batch cook, divide into individual containers, and place in the fridge or freezer for later!  I also made a list of my favorite meal prep products on Amazon that I use weekly. They make cooking easy peasy.

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What’s In This Vegetarian Cowboy Pasta Recipe?

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Easy Dinner Recipes with Frozen Vegetables

I used a few frozen vegetables (bell pepper and corn) for this recipe instead of  fresh produce. Frozen produce is a great option for finding fresh and flavorful vegetables in the off season. By using freezer ingredients, I can stock up when they are on sale, and use them in all kinds of great dishes. It saves me a trip to the store, and I can add amazing veggies right into the recipe. Frozen vegetables are often picked at peak ripeness, so they are a much better option than canned.  Check out all my recipes that use Freezer Ingredients on The Herbeevore – great for those nights when you want dinner ready fast! And check out my Top 125 Plant-Based Pantry Staples for long-lasting staples that I always keep on hand.
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One of the BEST Pantry Staple Pasta and Beans Recipes

This vegetarian cowboy pasta recipe is a fantastic pantry-staple meal!  It uses almost all ingredients you would have in your dry pantry or cupboards – most of which you probably have on hand. Keeping a well-stocked pantry makes it easy to come up with delicious and healthy meals using a few staples you can rotate.  I made a list of my Top 125 Plant-Based Pantry Staples that always keep stocked. And you can check out all my favorite pantry staple ingredients in my Amazon shop here.  By stocking up on healthy whole ingredients you can cook delicious recipes without a trip to the store!

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How Do I Make Vegan Cowboy Pasta and Beans?

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large dutch oven over low heat. Add the onions and garlic and saute over low heat for 5 to 6 minutes until the vegetables begin to soften.  Add the beans, chili powder, onion powder, diced tomatoes, bell pepper, corn, vegetable stock, and barbecue sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes over low heat.
  3. After the beans have cooked for 30 minutes and the veggies have softened, stir in the barbecue sauce and the cooked pasta. Test and adjust seasoning to taste.
  4. When ready to serve, top with jalapenos if desired and enjoy!

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Cowboy Bean Pasta (Vegan, GF)

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This cowboy bean pasta is a healthy high protein lunch or dinner, made with pinto, navy, and kidney beans and loaded with fresh vegetables & spices! A healthy high protein recipe with canned beans and fresh or frozen veggies that is ready in about 30 minutes.
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Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Pasta
Cuisine American, Southwest
Servings 8 servings
Calories 251 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 12 ounce box pasta gluten free, I used macaroni noodles
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 14 ounce can pinto beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 14 ounce can navy beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 14 ounce can kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 1 cup corn
  • 4 cups water or vegetable stock
  • 2/3 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 jalapeno sliced

Instructions
 

  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  • While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large dutch oven over low heat. Add the onions and garlic and saute over low heat for 5 to 6 minutes until the vegetables begin to soften.  Add the beans, chili powder, onion powder, diced tomatoes, bell pepper, corn, vegetable stock, and barbecue sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes over low heat.
  • After the beans has cooked for 30 minutes and the veggies have softened, stir in the barbecue sauce and the pasta. Taste and adjust seasoning to taste.
  • When ready to serve, top with jalapenos and dairy free cheddar if desired and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 251kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 11gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 774mgPotassium: 601mgFiber: 9gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 645IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 86mgIron: 3mg
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