This is a very tasty and easy vegetarian pasta dish. It takes minimal time to prepare and has amazing flavor! It's also great served with brown rice!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add rotini, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente; drain.

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  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring the vegetable broth to a boil. Reduce heat, and mix in spinach, onion, garlic, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Stir in the black beans and broccoli. Continue to cook and stir 5 to 10 minutes.

  • Stir the tomatoes into the saucepan, and continue cooking 10 minutes, or until all vegetables are tender. Serve over the cooked pasta. Garnish with Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts

279 calories; protein 14.9g; carbohydrates 51.1g; fat 3.2g; cholesterol 6.2mg; sodium 463mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (53)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2003
This was excellent. I increased the amount of broccoli, spinach,. onion and tomatoes.... just because I like them. I also added some cumin along with the cayenne. After cooking, I thickened the sauce with a little cornstarch. This is a very fast one dish healthy meal. When I reheated leftovers, I stirred in a couple of tablespoon of fat free cream cheese.. delish. Read More
(18)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/07/2004
Turns out watery and not very flavorful. Read More
(3)
73 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 26
  • 3 star values: 15
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2003
This was excellent. I increased the amount of broccoli, spinach,. onion and tomatoes.... just because I like them. I also added some cumin along with the cayenne. After cooking, I thickened the sauce with a little cornstarch. This is a very fast one dish healthy meal. When I reheated leftovers, I stirred in a couple of tablespoon of fat free cream cheese.. delish. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2009
I was very skeptical of this recipe but I had spinach and broccoli that needed using up so I gave it a try. It was amazingly delicious! The only change I had to make was chicken broth rather than vegetable broth. I have tried this with vegetable broth the chicken broth definitely gives it better flavor. I also would recommend using two garlic cloves. You could easily add more of the vegetables as they cook down quite a bit or just halve the amount of noodles used. I would definitely make this again. Read More
(14)
Rating: 4 stars
03/19/2007
I liked this alot. You feel like you are eating as healthy as you really are. I did add some chili powder some extra cumin and crushed red pepper flakes. Also since the vegetable broth is already heavy in sodium I used Mrs Dash instead of the salt. Add to make this meal more robust I added chicken sausage. I sauteed them with the garlic and oil and let them cook along with the vegetables. It was a nice compliment to the dish. My husband really liked it and I will be making this one again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2003
It's not haute cuisine but it's easy healthy and tastes good. I enjoyed the little bit of heat the cayenne added but those with small children or wimpy boyfriends might want to cut the amount a bit. Also the recipe might make 8 servings if it is used as a side dish but it will serve less (maybe 4 servings) if used as a main. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2003
This was really delicious. Even my roomate who is a meat-and-potatoes person loved it. The flavors blended so well... I am DEFINITELY making this agian. I used frozen spinach chicken broth and extra garlic. I also forgot to add the tomatoes (oops!) and it was still excellent. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2007
I did as another reviewer suggested and added oregano and chili powder and upped the cayene. I cooked 1/2 package of wheat rotini and appx 1 cup veggie broth. Great flavor. Will definitely make this again thanks for the great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2007
I liked this alot. You could even eat the sauce like a soup it was that tasty even without adding the pasta. Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
05/16/2010
I read all 33 reviews before making this dish and decided to make as directed first. I cooked the broth and vegetables in a large skillet and the broth cooked way down while the veggies were cooking so mine was not soupy at all. It had just enough broth to keep the pasta moist after I mixed the pasta into the dish at the end. I added enough red pepper flakes to make it mellow and not hot. I too felt it needed more seasoning beyond salt and pepper but I didn't want to go the southwestern flavor route. I waited until the whole wheat pasta was cooked then tried a taste test with a spoonful seasoned with basil. Next a spoonful with oregano. I ended up adding dried basil and dried oregano to taste (a generous half-teaspoon each) and it tasted very good with the cheese sprinkled on. This is a very good week night dish. I liked it and my husband did also but commented that he would like maybe some Italian sausage on the side! I will make this again. Read More
(4)
Rating: 2 stars
07/06/2004
Turns out watery and not very flavorful. Read More
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