Penne with Cannellini Beans

    20 min

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

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 2 tomatoes, chopped
    • 1 (400g) tin cannellini beans
    • 150g (5 oz) penne pasta
    • salt to taste

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. In a medium size saucepan, heat the olive oil. Sauté onion until tender. Stir in tomatoes and entire tin of beans. Let simmer for 10 minutes.
    2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add penne pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
    3. Mix pasta with bean mixture and salt as desired.

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    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)