This recipe is so quick and has been in my Italian family for years!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium size saucepan heat the olive oil. Saute onion until tender. Stir in tomatoes and entire can of beans. Let simmer for 10 minutes.

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

  • Mix pasta with bean mixture and salt as desired.

Nutrition Facts

279 calories; protein 9.8g 20% DV; carbohydrates 46g 15% DV; fat 6.4g 10% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 227.5mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
04/03/2008
This was one of those nights where I desperately needed groceries but didn't want to go. So I searched for a recipe that contained ingredients I did have and "wa-la" Pasta and Beans it is! A good start for a side dish but here is what I added/changed. I sauteed onion and garlic in olive oil drained and rinsed beans tossed in the beans and a can of diced tomatoes with Italian seasonings. Then I added the drained pasta (reserving a 1/4 cup pasta liquid) and tossed this all together. I sprinkled with a little extra olive oil parm cheese red pepper flakes and balsamic vinegar. I served it next to Herb Crusted Chicken and everyone ate it very well! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/08/2011
Yuck.. Way too plain and simple. I did not like it so i ended up changing the whole recipe. I added celery green peppers salt&pepper Parmesan cheese for topping and lots of tomato juice and kidney beans. Still wasnt great. Read More
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67 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 32
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 4 stars
04/02/2008
This was one of those nights where I desperately needed groceries but didn't want to go. So I searched for a recipe that contained ingredients I did have and "wa-la" Pasta and Beans it is! A good start for a side dish but here is what I added/changed. I sauteed onion and garlic in olive oil drained and rinsed beans tossed in the beans and a can of diced tomatoes with Italian seasonings. Then I added the drained pasta (reserving a 1/4 cup pasta liquid) and tossed this all together. I sprinkled with a little extra olive oil parm cheese red pepper flakes and balsamic vinegar. I served it next to Herb Crusted Chicken and everyone ate it very well! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/17/2006
After reading the instructions on this dish I thought it needed a little something more. I added italian seasoning while simmering dropped in some spinach leaves once the simmering was complete (they wilt almost immediately w/ heat) & I included a few tablespoons pasta water (a tip I always see mentioned on the cooking shows). I thought it was tasty and will likely make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/17/2003
This was absolutely delicious! I love Italian cooking and cuisine and cook it often. This was a simple yet delicious and satisfying meal. I doubled the entire recipe to make sure I'd have a lot of leftovers. I also added some crushed red peppers in the sautee'ing process since I like food with a little kick. This was wonderful! Thanks Jen! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2010
This is delicious as written. Not all Italian dishes are seasoned with basil and oregano. You certainly can add any spice you want but this dish is great as written. I seasoned "to taste" with salt as the recipe directed but then put black pepper and parmesan on the table so this could be added. Definitely a kid-friendly dish. Make sure to use fresh tomatoes not canned. Cook the pasta in some salted water too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2009
Yummy! Easy to make and delicious. I made some very minor changes, but the original recipe was good. I sauteed the onion and then added about 7 or so cloves of minced garlic. I added salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and basil before adding the tomatoes to bring out the spices. I chopped one tomato and added two cans of tomatoes with garlic, basil, and onion and 2 cans of beans. I used whole wheat elbow pasta although penne would have been perfect. When the pasta was ready, I threw in a bag of baby spinach and shut the heat off. I took about about 1/2 cup of the cooking water and added it to the beans. Drained the pasta, threw it in the pot with the tomatoes and beans and combined. Fantastic and although I doubled the recipe and added a few changes, it was a delicious vegetarian meal that even the meat eaters loved. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/17/2007
Simple healthy but lacking something. I have used a similar recipe that adds garlic lemon and sage. It is much tastier! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/23/2010
I liked this recipe....but I felt like it was a little bland..so the second time I made it I took some of the suggestions of the other reviewers...like adding spinach and parm and a little more seasonings...but this was a good recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/18/2006
Good but very basic recipe so adding your own twist is needed. I added garlic to the sauted onions as others had suggested. I also added cumin chili powder and crushed pepper along with the corn cut from a leftover cob. I used pinto beans (all I had and I drained them first) and added one 15 oz. can of peeled tomatoes. I served it with whole grain penne and it was delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/17/2003
I doubled this recipe and took it in a casserole dish to a pot luck. Everyone loved it including my husband! The hardest part was finding the beans but it was worth the extra effort. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/08/2011
Yuck.. Way too plain and simple. I did not like it so i ended up changing the whole recipe. I added celery green peppers salt&pepper Parmesan cheese for topping and lots of tomato juice and kidney beans. Still wasnt great. Read More
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