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Vegetable Bean Pasta

Vegetable-Bean Pasta

Vegetable-Bean Pasta

This is basically my Vegetable Pasta side dish with beans added for protein to make it a complete meal. I've also used broccolini, broccoli rabe, kale & Swiss chard. Green vegetables protect your eyes, teeth & bones, and they boost your immune system. *Remember: save some pasta water before draining.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Makes: 3 to 4 servings

Vegetable-Bean Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 5 oz. pasta

  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped asparagus
  • 2 cup chopped broccoli
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach (2 oz.)

  • 1 1/2 cups pasta water
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 Tablespoons grated parmesan
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 15 oz. can of cannellini beans, lightly drained

Instructions:

  1. Cook pasta per package directions.
  2. While pasta cooks sauté garlic in oil in a large pan on med-high for a minute until golden.
  3. Add asparagus & broccoli, cook & stir uncovered 3-4 minutes, adding pasta water 2 tablespoons at a time as needed.
  4. Add spinach, cook & stir one minute. Cover & set aside.
  5. Before draining pasta, reserve 1 1/2 cups of pasta-cooking water.
  6. Whisk flour, parmesan & salt into reserved water until smooth.
  7. To the vegetables, add drained pasta, beans, and water/flour mixture. Cook about one minute ‘til thickened.

5 Comments on "Vegetable-Bean Pasta"

  1. Michelle

    Hello Jenny

    I made this meal yesterday vegetable bean pasta but I put to much sea salt, toooo salty.
    but to night I made it again and so, so good
    so bright, and colour-full, taste so mm mm good
    My mother use too make this meal, with garlic, water and cheese,
    she would use rapini or broccoli, and brings me back to my younger years

    Thanks

    Michelle

  2. Lyall

    Hi Jenny!

    I was wondering if you have any plans to make a video for this recipe (which would also cover the non-bean version – two birds with one stone!)? I’ve never cooked asparagus before or any vegetable that hasn’t just been boiled to a pulp…

    Either way, great recipes! I’m planning on making a few of these for my girlfriend when she comes to visit soon 🙂

    Thanks,
    Lyall

    • Jenny

      I don’t make very many videos so I don’t know yet… so it’s a maybe.

  3. Tyler

    I have tried making delicious pasta before… It doesn’t work. I am only 12 and I am on a diet. Based on the ingredients olive oil is the only part that isn’t totaly heathy. But bearable. This taste stupendous. Thanks Jenny

    • Jenny

      You sound too young to be on a diet. Maybe just cutting back on high calorie snacks & drinks and eating healthy food would be better for you. The truth is that olive oil is very healthy. It’s not saturated (like butter or shortening) and your body really needs some fat to function properly. If you’re trying to cut calories, don’t cut out all fat because your body needs it. Healthy fat, like olive oil, it vital to many processes in the body, especially for growth development when you’re young. Fat also transports certain vitamins through your body. And you should also know that a little fat in your diet will help give you glowing skin and shiny hair. So I hope you will consider including some olive oil in your cooking. And if I can help you in any way with information or advice, please write back.

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