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Black Bean Spaghetti with Garlicky Diced Tomato Sauce

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Garlicky Diced Tomato Sauce | Black Bean Spaghetti

Tender pasta cloaked in garlicky wine simmered sauce. A burst of fresh tomato and fresh basil are here for the party, too. A back pocket recipe that tastes great, is super fast, gluten free, plant-based and totally delicious?? Not talking unicorns here, it totally exists and it’s black bean spaghetti tossed with simple garlicky diced tomato sauce.

black bean spaghetting with chunky tomato sauce on a plate

Got 20 minutes? Let’s get cooking! You can live in a world full of delicious pasta and tomato sauce in no time at all. That’s a world I want to live in…oh wait, I do. Well come on over already and join me would ya?!

Chunky diced tomato sauce makes my heart happy. So does pasta. As much as I love to tackle a recipe outside my comfort zone, when you just want to get something healthy on the table that’s not going to make a ton of dishes and just be healthy with loads of flavor it’s feels like such a win!

Garlicky Diced Tomato Sauce | Black Bean Pasta

What is Black Bean Spaghetti?

Have you tried the new pasta alternatives? The initial approach can be defined in one word. Skepticism.

Picking this off the shelf, there was intrigue and curiosity, but also making a side note to have a back up plan. The result? Incredibly impressed! Like, eyebrows raised going in for another forkful levels of impressed.

The option of black bean pasta is a great gluten free substitution and full of protein. Making the choice for #meatlessmonday a little more appealing. You might think the pasta would disintegrate into a mushy mess, but it doesn’t! That’s one of the best things. This black bean pasta has a mild flavor with a springy bite that is very close to the all to familiar texture of regular al dente pasta.

I use this brand which is non GMO and certified gluten free. It’s made of black bean flour which is made from dried beans ground into a fine powder. While it doesn’t have quite the same texture as traditional pasta, it’s still really great.

Garlicky Diced Tomato Sauce | Black Bean Pasta

Back Pocket Garlicky Diced Tomato Sauce

For our quick and easy back pocket garlicky diced tomato sauce, we’re going to go with old school thin sliced garlic. Goodfellas style. To get the garlic super thin you can use a mandolin or just slice carefully with a sharp knife. If going the knife method, don’t forget to curl those finger tips so you don’t accidentally end up adding more than just ingredients to the sauce.

Then build what is similar to an arrabiatta sauce – a traditional spicy italian red sauce – but with out the super intense heat. If arrabiatta means ‘angry’ in Italian, let’s suppose this is a ‘mildly irritated’ sauce. Simmered slivered garlic, shallots and just a pinch of red pepper flakes to warm you up.

You know what else is super convenient? Opening a can of diced tomatoes and dumping it into a pan. That’s how simple and awesome this is. Garlic and shallots then wine and tomatoes, add spices and simmer then toss in fresh basil and spaghetti.

Doesn’t that feel so nice. Dinner is done. You have two pans to clean up and everything else can go in the dishwasher. Pour a glass of wine and put your feet up…or just imagine it because you still have 100 things left to do in the day. But one thing is for sure, a quick, simple and totally tasty dinner is in the bag.

Garlicky Diced Tomato Sauce | Black Bean Spaghetti

Garlicky Diced Tomato Sauce | Black Bean Spaghetti

For the garlic lovers…

Protein fueled pastas are great and all, but let’s get on to the more important things in life….garlic. Legit, every time I go home to see my mom she asked me if I’ve eaten garlic. Ummm….yes. Like every meal but breakfast. (Okay maybe breakfast too sometimes.)

It’s not like I don’t brush my teeth or anything, garlic just tends to be a strong flavor that sticks around for a while, but it’s delicious and such a beneficial addition to sauces. Well, I just can’t help my damn self.

For my fellow garlic aficionados,  these mussels fra diavolo have a very similar with equal amounts of delicious garlic goodness. If your heart – and tummy – are still on the search for protein, braciole is one of my favorite roasts to dish out with pasta. And if it’s more veggies you’re on the hunt for, an caprese salad with arugula is simple to prepare and the perfect partner in crime to dish out next to a bowl of black bean spaghetti!

Garlicky Diced Tomato Sauce | Black Bean Sauce


Garlicky Diced Tomato Sauce | Black Bean Spaghetti

Black Bean Spaghetti with Garlicky Diced Tomato Sauce

Quick, simple garlicky tomato sauce with bursts of diced tomato and fresh basil tossed with protein packed, gluten free black bean spaghetti.  Get a delicious, plant-based meal on the table in 20 minutes!
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Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: black bean pasta, black bean spaghetti, easy diced tomato sauce, garlic tomato sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Calories: 336kcal
Author: Lauren


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves sliced thin on a mandolin
  • 1 shallot halved and sliced in half moons
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes with sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flake
  • ½ cup fresh cut basil
  • 8- ounce package black bean spaghetti


  • Set water to bowl in a large sauce pot.  Once water comes to a rapid bowl, add pasta and cook 7 to 8 minutes until al dente.¹
  • Using a mandolin, or carefully with a knife, slice garlic cloves thinly.
  • Heat olive oil in a sauté pan over medium high heat, add garlic and sauté 1 to 2 minutes until slightly translucent.  Add shallots to the pan and cook an additional 2 minutes, stirring frequently so the garlic doesn't burn.
  • Carefully pour white wine into the pan.  Add canned diced tomatoes with sauce, salt, red pepper, and fresh basil to the pan.  Let simmer for 5 minutes on high until reduced.
  • Drain pasta well and sauté pasta with the sauce.


¹If pasta is done before the sauce is complete, drain and let sit in the colander.  Run hot water over the spaghetti before adding to the sauce.


Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 614mg | Potassium: 1573mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 436IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 203mg | Iron: 7mg

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Friday 27th of December 2019

I’m making this with my 12 yo daughter. What should I sub for wine? Vegetable broth?


Monday 30th of December 2019

The alcohol in the wine does cook off during cooking if you'd rather not substitute, but vegetable broth would definitely make a good switch!


Tuesday 28th of November 2017

I've heard of pasta made from lentils, but not black beans! A lot of my family members have to eat gluten free so I will pass this on to them.


Wednesday 15th of April 2020

Bought black bean spaghetti at Aldis.


Tuesday 28th of November 2017

Its very good! THere's a few different types out there - black bean, chick pea, lentil.

Patricia @ Grab a Plate

Monday 27th of November 2017

This looks wonderful! I love chunky sauce too, and allllll the garlic!


Monday 27th of November 2017

I have never heard of bean noodles!! This looks amazing though!


Monday 27th of November 2017

Ooooooh, this is what we were talking about the other weekend - it looks SO GOOD!


Monday 27th of November 2017

Yes!! I love it, so quick and simple!