Many children, especially picky eaters, love pasta loaded with plain butter--a dish that clearly earns low marks on the health scale. This great alternative adds fiber and protein with beans, which kids actually love!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
12 cups
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cook pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water 2 minutes less than directed on package. Drain.

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  • Meanwhile, cook garlic in oil in a large lidded pot over medium heat until golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Add broccoli and cauliflower and cook 1 minute. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt, and cook, covered, 3 minutes. Add broth, butter, beans, pepper, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and cook until beans are warm and sauce thickens slightly, about 5 minutes.

  • Add pasta and cook, stirring, until heated through, about 1 minute. Sprinkle with cheese.

Cook's Note:

For added fiber, choose a whole-grain or whole-wheat pasta.

Nutrition Facts

387 calories; protein 15.4g; carbohydrates 56.2g; fat 12.3g; cholesterol 16mg; sodium 394.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (17)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2016
I added asparagus to the vegetable mix and used vegetable broth instead of chicken. I also cooked the vegetables with the garlic in olive oil in a frying pan. I used campanelle pasta and used two cans of cannelloni beans. I also used some 4s salt or season salt which gave a bit more kick. All in all it was a delicious meal and I will definitely be making it again. My entire family loved it. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/07/2017
I made the recipe as it was written and enjoyed it very much. However my husband did not like it at all. Read More
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25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2016
I added asparagus to the vegetable mix and used vegetable broth instead of chicken. I also cooked the vegetables with the garlic in olive oil in a frying pan. I used campanelle pasta and used two cans of cannelloni beans. I also used some 4s salt or season salt which gave a bit more kick. All in all it was a delicious meal and I will definitely be making it again. My entire family loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2017
Picky kids loved this, especially with cheese on top. It does need more salt/seasoning, to taste. Following other comments that this was too dry, I added an additional 1/3 cup of chicken broth, but found that the veggies wilted a bit more than I wanted. Next time I will try just sticking with the recipe. Easy midweek dinner! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/22/2016
I will definitely make it again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2016
Yummy! I added onion and heavy cream Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2016
Made this recipe as is and LOVED it! I was surprised because I thought it would be bland but it really wasn't. My toddler ate it (well not so much the broccoli:-D) and my husband said he would like to have it again. Plus it was easy and fast! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/07/2017
I made the recipe as it was written and enjoyed it very much. However my husband did not like it at all. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/02/2019
I made it with extra Broccoli and Cauliflower and even my meat loving husband loved it and asked for more!!! I used sharp cheddar rather than Parmesan simply because I didn't have any Parmesan in the fridge, it worked very well. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/20/2018
I tweaked the recipe a bit based on other reviews. To make more of a sauce, I used the whole 14.5 oz. can of vegetable broth with about a half cup of heavy cream. I added flour/water paste to thicken. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/05/2016
I wasn't crazy about this - I thought it was bland. It could have used some additional seasoning - maybe lemon pepper? I also added about a cup of additional broth so it wasn't too dry. On the bright side my six year old liked this so maybe I will make it again. Read More
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