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Pasta With Bean Marinara

Instead of meat sauce, this recipe uses bean sauce to make a delicious vegan Italian dinner
meatless marinara
The Better Bean Company

This recipe was contributed by The Better Bean Company.

This recipe is a protein-packed vegan alternative to your typical pasta with meat sauce. Skip the beef and use beans instead to kick the fiber, and the flavor, up a notch!

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  • 1 Cup Cuban spiced black beans, preferably Better Bean Cuban Black Beans
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2-3 baby bella mushrooms
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • One 16-ounce box penne pasta
  • One 24-ounce jar jar Marinara sauce
  • 4 Ounces vegan mozzarella cheese (or Parmesan if non-vegan)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


Cook pasta accordingly.

Heat oil in skillet, then add chopped garlic, onion and mushrooms.

Cook ingredients for about 5 minutes on medium.

Add Marinara to skillet, then add the Cuban Black Beans and stir.

Let this cook for about 5 more minutes.

For each serving, place one quarter of the cooked pasta in a bowl, and top with one quarter of the sauce and cheese to taste. Makes 4 servings.