Friday, February 23, 2007

Double-Bean Pasta with Tomatoes

On Sundays I cook with weekday lunches in mind, favoring big pots of tasty dishes that reheat well in the microwave at work. This low-fat, whole grain, high-fiber and vegan pasta dish is full of some of my favorite foods - Green beans, chickpeas and pasta. Mmm. Nutritional yeast adds B-12 and other vitamins and a slightly cheesy taste, though folks who love cheese can try parmesan or romano instead. Bob's Red Mill and Red Star brands of nutritional yeast are both gluten-free.


2 cups gluten-free Tinkyada brown rice spirals
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 large red bell pepper, chopped
1 Tbsp garlic, finely chopped
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (to taste)
1 (16 ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 lb fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into thirds
1 Tbsp dried basil
1 Tbsp fresh basil, minced
2 Tbsp parsley flakes
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1-2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp sea salt
Fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Cook pasta in salted water until done, according to package instructions. Drain in a colander and set aside. In the same pot, steam green bean pieces until tender but still crisp. Add to colander with pasta.

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan or deep frying pan over medium heat. Add red pepper flakes, dried parsley and dried basil and shallot. Sautee until the shallot has become translucent. Add bell pepper and garlic and cook until vegetables are soft, stirring often. Add tomatoes and garbanzo beans and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes. Stir in pasta and green beans, nutritional yeast, and balsamic vinegar. Garnish with fresh basil and serve.


JLHesse said...

I have a quick question...could you help? I made a recipe from yesterday, and I'd like to post the recipe on my site. Is that legal? I would give credit and link to the recipe, but am I allowed to write it out on my blog? I did make 2 changes -- GF pasta and added chicken -- so it's not exactly like the original. I thought you might be able to help me. THANKS!

I Am Gluten Free said...

Ooh, that looks good. That is a definite on my list of "to try". Simple, satisfying, and great for leftovers. Hey, I don't know much about nutritional yeast. Perhaps you could post about it. The proverbial "we" would appreciate your thoughts and info about it.

ByTheBay said...

JLHesse - It is legal to quote a small section of someone else's writing, if you properly attribute it. You cannot republish an entire recipe. However, one cannot technically copyright a list of ingredients, only the instructions (which is considered the creative part of the recipe) is truly copyrightable. So the legal thing to do would be to write all the instructions in your own words.

The most ethical and safest thing to do, of course, is to rename the recipe, rewrite the instructions, and change the ingredient list at least a little - As well as give some credit to the original author of the recipe. That is generally my approach.

Ellen- Nutritional yeast is a form of non-active (non-rising) yeast that is one of the only vegan sources of Vitamin B12, it has a slightly yeasty, slightly cheesy flavor so is often used in cheese replacements in vegan cooking.

Anonymous said...

I finally found nutritional yeast at Whole Foods - in the Whole Body/vitamin section - but it was this *massive* tub. What brand makes a normal sized amount? I also looked at GNC, but had no luck.

ByTheBay said...

Hi Anonymous - Bob's Red Mill and Red Star both make nutritional yeast you can buy in smaller packages. Seems like any health food store would have them (are you sure Whole Foods doesn't have nutritional yeast in their bulk section?) If not, you can order them online.,, etc

Unknown said...

Speaking of Whole Foods nutritional yeast, I just bought the giant tub today but was dismayed to see that vitamin B12 is not listed in the nutritional information section. I've never heard of nutritional yeast that doesn't have B12, but since that's the primary reason I bought it, I would hate to discover that this one doesn't. Does anyone know?

Anonymous said...

I'm trying to discover if nutritional yeast is a form of MSG. It's grown on beets just like yeast extract.

Unknown said...

to anonymous - At Whole Foods, look for nutritional yeast in bulk-bin section. You can buy as much or as little as you want!