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Cheap Dinner Recipe: Cheesy Zucchini, Corn, and Black Bean Skillet

This one-pot meal will turn any child into a veggie lover. (We credit the cheese!)

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Price for 4: $10.56


  • 1 cup elbow macaroni
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 green pepper, cut in 1" pieces
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2 medium zucchini, cut in ½" pieces
  • 1 14.5-oz can diced tomatoes, drained
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 15-oz can low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese


1. Cook macaroni according to directions; drain and set aside.

2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add green pepper, onion, cumin, and chili powder. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes, or until softened.

3. Add the corn, zucchini, tomatoes, and salt. Cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add broth, cover; cook until zucchini is tender, 5 minutes.

4. Stir in black beans and pasta. Cook for an additional 3 minutes. Stir in cheese and serve.

More Cheap Dinner Recipes
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Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes
Baked Chicken and Rice Casserole
Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

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