This recipe is so quick and has been in my Italian family for years!
To round out the dish, I added some spinach, chopped tomatoes (from a tin!) and some leftover chicken. I think you could play around quite a bit with additions to this recipe - I'm thinking next time of adding curly kale and parmesan. Maybe some bacon or pancetta, too. - 29 Sep 2008
The combination of beans and pasta is so hearty and filling - and cheap! I thought this was a great base recipe. - 29 Sep 2008
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. - 17 Oct 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)