Linguine with Spicy Chili Sauce and Beans

  • Active Time 10m
  • Total Time 30m
  • Rating ****

Makes 4-6 main-dish servings

If you ordered this dish in Cincinnati, it would be called five-way chili because it has it all: pasta, chili, cheese, onions, and beans.


  • 8 ounces dried linguine or spaghetti or 1 pound fresh linguine or other ribbon pasta
  • For the Meat Sauce:
  • 1 pound ripe plum tomatoes or one 16-ounce can tomatoes, cut up
  • 1 pound lean ground chicken, turkey, or beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (optional)
  • For the Toppings:
  • 16-ounce can cannellini beans
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese or 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Companion recipe: Chicken Stock


In a large saucepan or pasta pot bring 3 quarts water to a boil. Add pasta. Reduce heat slightly. Boil, uncovered, for 8-12 minutes for dried pasta or 1/2-2 minutes for fresh; or till al dente, stirring occasionally. (Or, cook according to package directions.) Immediately drain.


Peel, seed and chop fresh plum tomatoes, if using. In a large skillet cook ground chicken, turkey or beef, onion and garlic for 5 minutes, or till meat is brown and onion is tender. Drain off fat. Stir in fresh or undrained canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, vinegar, chili powder, allspice, cinnamon, salt and, if desired, red pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes, or to desired consistency, stirring occasionally.


Heat cannellini beans in a small saucepan; drain. Top hot cooked pasta with meat sauce, beans, green onions and cheddar or Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.

RecID 2155

nutrition information per serving

352 calories; 11g total fat; 70mg cholesterol; 708mg sodium; 40g carbohydrates; 6g fiber; 24g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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