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You’ll Fall For This Protein-Packed Black Bean Pasta Recipe

Full of seasonal ingredients, this black bean pasta makes the perfect pre- and post-run meal (and holds up perfectly as leftovers)!

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black bean pasta
Photo by Matt Powers

Most runners turn to pasta pre-race, as it’s loaded with carbs and is somewhat of a comfort food. What most people don’t realize is that it’s loaded with simple carbs that will spike your blood sugar and leave you feeling heavy and lethargic. I am so excited to have found black bean pasta. It’s literally just made out of black beans and offers 25 grams of protein per serving making it not only a great pre-race meal but a post-run meal as well. I made this dish with fall in mind using seasonal ingredients such as butternut squash and tossed in a spicy almond butter thai sauce!

It is also perfect for lunch the next day—you can eat it warm or cold and it is easy to travel with. You can try this recipe with your favorite kind of pasta, but if you are up to trying something different, try this bean pasta for added protein! Some of my other favorite pastas include, brown rice, whole wheat, quinoa—there are endless options when it comes to pasta. Just be sure you are looking at the ingredients and recognize everything that is in it.

The Recipe:

Black Bean Pasta With Roasted Butternut Squash In An Almond Butter Thai Sauce

  • 1 package Explore Cuisine black bean pasta
  • 1 small butternut squash or 5 cups—peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 cups chopped kale

Almond Butter Thai Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/8 cup tamari
  • 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 2 teaspoons of salt to taste


  • 1/4 cup chopped toasted almonds
  • 1/4 cup sliced scallions


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Place prepared squash on a baking sheet. Spray with non-stick spray and season with 1 teaspoon of salt. Toss to coat. Roast for 50-60 minutes or until the vegetables are tender and starting to brown.

While the vegetables are roasting, prepare the sauce. In a medium size bowl combine almond butter, water, tamari, apple cider vinegar, sriracha, sesame oil, crushed garlic and salt. Mix until you have a smooth creamy sauce.

Now bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain the pasta and place in a large bowl. Add your almond butter sauce and mix well coating the pasta. Then add chopped kale and roasted squash. The kale will steam and soften when tossed with the pasta and squash. Garnish with almonds and scallions.