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CREOLE NOODLES
serves 4

1 m onion, chopped
1 m bell pepper, cut in 1" wide strips
2 T oil
2 c chopped tomatoes, lightly drained (fresh, canned, or mixed)
2 c sliced okra (or green beans), cut in 1" pieces
4 sprigs parsley
2 t minced fresh hot pepper (or .25 t hot pepper sauce)
1/2 t dried basil or a few fresh leaves, chopped
1/2 t salt (reduce if tomatoes are salted)
3 c cooked noodles or whole wheat spirals or shells
2 c cooked kidney or pinto beans, drained

Saute onion and bell pepper in oil in a 3-quart pot for 5 minutes
to soften. Add tomatoes, okra or green beans, parsley, and seasonings.
Cover and simmer for 15 minutes until vegetables are just tender.
Add pasta and beans and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.

NOTE: For 3 cups noodles, cooks 2.5 c (5 oz) pasta in boiling saled
water for 10 minutes or until barely tender. This can be done either
in advance or while the sauce simmers.

Menu Suggestions: Serve with a cheese appetizer or with Broccoli
Hollandaise; serve with a green salad. Use fresh fruit for dessert.

Personal experience: We used okra, canned tomatoes, canned red
beans, fresh basil, ordinary spirals, & hot pepper sauce, but
apparently not enough hot stuff, as it wasn't very spicy. We actually
made it in the microwave and it came out fine. Needs more "sauce"
though-maybe a can of tomato sauce or V-8. Good reheated in the
microwave for work lunches. A little Parmesan cheese on top was
good.

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