BCT & Onion Balsamic Pasta Salad

The combination of black beans, corn and tomatoes is one of my all time favorites.  What better way to make the combination filling than creating a cold pasta salad?  So, I attempted just that, and, man, was it delicious. From now on I will call this combo BCT.

You’ll need:

  • 2 cups cooked Farfale pasta
  • 1 can Southwestern black beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. allspice
  • 1 Tbsp. black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. curry powder
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • Balsamic, for dressing
  • Olive Oil, for dressing
  • Parmesan, for garnish

 Start by cooking your pasta al dente.  While this is cooking, rinse off and drain the beans, corn and tomatoes. I usually start with the beans (which sit in a thick, repulsive liquid) and once these are rinsed thoroughly in the strainer, I top them off with the corn and tomatoes for a second quick rinse.

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Combine the pasta, BCT and onions in a bowl, tossing until each ingredient  is evenly distributed.  Sprinkle in the spices: allspice, black pepper, Italian seasoning, curry, chili, red pepper flakes. 

When you’re ready to serve the dish, toss each bowl with a tsp. of olive oil and a Tbsp. of balsamic vinaigrette. I’d wait to put these dressing fixings in until you are ready to eat as the pasta will dye brown. Top with a scattering of parmesan cheese and enjoy. Best served cold.

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The filling nature of the pasta, corn and black beans will have your stomach full and happy for hours.  The balsamic, curry and allspice give the salad a sweet tang to pair with the tomatoes acidic nature and tart flavor.  The beans balance this out and onions.  The pepper and red pepper flakes bring in a hint of spice which I found really brought the meal to a completion. It turned into a sweet spice, like apple cider or, as Rosette suggested, orange chicken.  The parmesan cheese helped to absorb the olive oil and balsamic and added a different texture opposing the slimy feel of the noodles, tomatoes and beans.

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