As you’ve probably noticed already, we’re big pasta fans in this house. This is another popular dinner and it’s quick and easy to make. It also comes from Budget Bytes.
First off, put a pot of water on for your pasta.
While it’s sauteing, wash and cut your tomatoes.
Drain half the liquid off of the beans. In my case, that means draining one of the two cans. The liquid from the other can is helps to make the sauce.
That looks like a crazy amount of spinach, but it really breaks down as it cooks a bit. You can also make this with kale. I did it with baby kale and swiss chard once and it was just as tasty.
This is already to plate now. I plate mine up on top of my pasta and top it with some fresh grated parmesan cheese.
Tuscan White Bean Pasta
8 oz. linguine
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes
10 cranks freshly ground pepper
½ tsp salt
½ tsp basil
1 can (15 oz.) white beans
1 bunch (6 cups) baby spinach
3 oz. shredded parmesan
Fill a large pot about half way with water and place on the stove to boil. Once it reaches a rolling boil, add the pasta and cook according to the package directions (boil for 7-10 minutes). Drain the pasta in a colander once it is cooked al dente (slightly firm).
While you’re waiting for the water to boil, mince the garlic. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and let it simmer for about a minute (it should be all bubbly in the oil and butter).
While the garlic is simmering, rinse the tomatoes and cut each one in half. Add the tomatoes, salt, pepper and basil to the skillet. Stir and let simmer for one to two minutes more. Do not let the skillet get dry and begin to brown. If it starts to, move on to the next step.
Open the can of beans and drain about half of the liquid off. Pour the beans into the skillet with the garlic and tomatoes. Let the mixture simmer for about 7-10 minutes or until the tomatoes have softened. Stir occasionally.
Add the spinach to the skillet, reduce the heat to low and stir until the spinach has wilted. By this time the pasta should be finished cooking and drained. Add the pasta to the skillet and stir everything together.
Plate up the portions of pasta and top each with about 1 oz. of shredded parmesan.
Be sure to check out the other recipes that have been featured on this blog here.