A One-Pot Meal Inspired by Dangerous Christmas Memories

What meal would you whip up in a cabin with only some canned and boxed goods?

In Dangerous Christmas Memories, Luc has to come up with something tasty from some cans of black beans, mixed veggies, barbeque sauce packets, and elbow macaroni. Priscilla and Luc find the results quite tasty—even the bad guy has a second helping!

I decided that to see if the dish was as delicious on paper as it was in person. I whipped up a double batch of Luc’s Black Bean Pasta Bowl, and boy was it a hit! Even my kids had second helpings. We added fresh parmesan cheese and sour cream, a luxury not available to Luc and Priscilla, which made the dish even tastier.

In the future, I would probably add some ground beef or turkey, or perhaps kielbasa or other sausage to add a little bit more zing. However, it’s quite good as a vegetarian dish.


Luc’s Black Bean Pasta Bowl

Makes: 4 to 6 servings


2 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 15-ounce can of mixed veggies, drained

¼ cup barbecue sauce

1 cup water

13 ounces elbow noodles

Mix beans, veggies, water and barbecue sauce in a sauce pan. Cook for 20 to 30 minutes. Cook pasta according to the directions in a separate pot. Drain the noodles, then add the noodles to the bean mixture. Stir and serve hot. Add freshly shredded Parmesan cheese and a dollop of sour cream if you’d like! Hot sauce can also spice things up.