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Penne with Tomatoes & White Beans Recipe

Penne with Tomatoes & White Beans Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Add 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.

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.

Reviews for Penne with Tomatoes & White Beans

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Reviewed Jul. 15, 2014

"FANTASTIC! My other half is a meat lover but even he told me to make this again."

Reviewed Jul. 13, 2014

"This is a great dish! My husband and I really enjoyed it. As "tracyosborn" I also made small changes to accommodate weight watches. I will definitely make this again. It's a keeper."

Reviewed Jun. 3, 2014

"This is so good! We have made it two times since the Simple and Delicious magazine arrived a couple of weeks ago. Two meals for the two of us, extra points! Four servings is right for this recipe."

Reviewed May. 28, 2014

"Love, love, love this!

I made some changes, small changes, to accomodate weight watchers. This is a great dish to try that with. I used crushed tomatoes instead of diced, I used whole wheat penne pasta, 1 tsp of olive oil and I only used one tablespoon of parmesan cheese on my single portion. This was delicious! This was filling! And this was a total do-over!"

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.