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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: 491 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 1505mg sodium, 77g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 9g fiber), 19g protein.

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Juanecita User ID: 8444009 271898
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2017

"Very good.."must have salt and bait of cayenne kick.Do not overlook the pasta..must add a little liquid to moisten."

Ozarkagirl User ID: 5881259 271871
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2017

"This is a wonderful pasta dish! I made it exactly the way it's written and served it with leftover rotisserie chicken. My Italian husband added oregano and more garlic to his but also gave it 5 stars for a basic dish. He wants me to add Italian sausage the next time I make it. Thank you, Trisha!"

Christine User ID: 9059940 263498
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2017

"This looks delicious! I don't have many penne recipes, so thank you so much for this. :D"

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 198766
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2014

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

Potempa User ID: 1789758 196640
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."

LindaDV User ID: 1289611 151952
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."

tracyosborn User ID: 1763811 197168
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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