If you first cook the pasta, and then use the same pot to cook the beans, you will only need one pot and a baking dish to make this meal. To save time, cook the pasta and the beans in different pots at the same time, and use prepared pesto instead of fresh basil and Parmesan.
Parmesan cheese is not truly vegetarian, as it contains animal rennet. To make this dish 100% vegetarian, omit the cheese or find a suitable vegetarian substitute made without animal rennet. In supermarkets look for the 'parmesan style hard cheeses' which are suitable for vegetarians.
My husband and I loved this! It's not too filling but very satisfying. I added some vegetables (zucchini and carrots) and cooked them with the onions and beans. I also added pieces of fresh mozzarella and it turned out great. - 12 Apr 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
This was wonderful! I cut the basil amount in half, and added a little liquid into the simmering beans. The overall mixture of flavour and texture was hearty and enjoyable!!! Thanks for a GREAT recipe! - 22 Mar 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Hearty! I added veggie stock to the cheese mix to keep it from the dryness others had stated. Roasted some brussel sprouts since I had the oven on to go with it. Whole wheat pasta and lower fat cheese made it healthier. - 21 Feb 2010 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)