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Penne with Tomatoes & White Beans

 Penne with Tomatoes & White Beans
I learned how to make this dish from friends in Genoa, Italy, where they're known for creating tasty combinations of veggies, pasta and beans. You can sub feta cheese to give this a Greek twist. — Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
4 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 package (10 ounces) fresh spinach, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup sliced ripe olives
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large
  • skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic; cook and stir 1
  • minute. Add tomatoes and beans. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat;
  • simmer, uncovered, 5-7 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
  • Stir in spinach, olives, salt and pepper; cook and stir over medium
  • heat until spinach is wilted. Drain pasta; top with tomato mixture
  • and cheese. Yield: 4 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 cup tomato mixture with 1 cup pasta and 2 tablespoons cheese equals 491 calories, 13 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 9 mg cholesterol, 1,505 mg sodium, 77 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 19 g protein.
Wine: Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.