Vegetarian Pasta Recipe

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Mary Feichtel of Binghamton, New York adds a can of beans to noodles to create this fast, flavorful lunch fare. "You can use any type of pasta you have on hand to make this filling dish," she notes.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked angel hair pasta
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt, optional
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan or Romano cheese
  • Minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 311 calories, 9g fat (0 saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 202mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 14g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 fat, 1/2 meat.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, place beans in a microwave-safe dish; cover and microwave on high for 1-1/4 minutes or until heated through.
  2. Drain pasta; transfer to a large serving bowl. Add butter and garlic salt if desired; toss until butter is melted. Add beans and cheese; toss to coat. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Vegetarian Pasta in Quick Cooking March/April 1999, p11

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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