Orange & black with spidery black bean pasta, this cheesy Southwestern chicken pasta pie is the perfect healthy, 21 Day Fix approved Halloween dinner!
Hey guys! Look at all of that pretty orange and black… are you in the Halloween spirit yet?? If not, I encourage – no – implore you to listen to the playlist that I made just for you. It’s a ridiculous amount of eclectic fun and it’s been on loop at my house for, well, I don’t really need to say how long do I? Probably too long. I think we can leave it at that. Btw, if you only listen to one song on that playlist, let it be the first one, it’s freaking fantastic. 😉
I LOVE me some Halloween, folks. I love the cute kiddos in their costumes, the scary movies, the crunchy leaves on the ground, the (definitely not spiked) hot cocoa in my hand 😉 All of it. We’re all decorated over here and as I write this, we’re gearing up for a bunch of local Halloween activities this weekend and I’m SO looking forward to them! That’s another one of the great things about moving around, there’s always something new to do, it’s basically impossible to get bored.
Anyway, I’ve been thinking for a while now about bringing you something with some Halloween love and I’ve had this black bean pasta in the back of my mind (and my cabinet) just waiting to be eaten. I thought it looked a little like black spider legs (ya know, if you squint really hard), all it needed was something orange as the icing on the cake (or, uh… pie). Butternut squash is probably my favorite orange thing in the whole world, so it was a natural place to start.
Before I had tried black bean pasta, I had read that it has some black bean flavor* (I know, what a shocker!), so I thought I would roll with that and go southwestern with this dish. Honestly, I was pretty skeptical at how it was going to turn out, but it was sooo good! It was cheesy, a little smoky with just a touch of sweetness from the squash. Add that to it looking just creepy enough (ya know, without terrifying the kiddos) and orange and black and it’s the perfect get-you-in-the-Halloween-spirit dinner. Now, just put on this playlist and you’re ready to roll 😉
*Just FYI, I really don’t think this pasta tastes “bean-y” at all.
If you make this recipe be sure to snap a pic and tag me @thefoodieandthefix or use #thefoodieandthefix on Instagram so I can check it out! It makes me ridiculously happy to see what you guys are making 🙂