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Vegetarian Pasta Recipe

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. YIELD:4 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

One 1-cup serving (prepared with margarine and nonfat Parmesan cheese topping and without garlic salt) equals 311 calories, 9 g fat (0 saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 202 mg sodium, 44 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 14 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 fat, 1/2 meat.

Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

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