Mediterranean Penne Pasta and Beans

Mediterranean Penne Pasta and Beans

Green Giant® Beans cooked with tomatoes and spinach provide a perfect topping for your pasta dinner that's ready in 30 minutes - perfect if you love Mediterranean cuisine.

Prep Time

30

Minutes

Total Time

30

Minutes

Makes

4

servings

6
oz. (1 3/4 cups) uncooked penne (tube-shaped pasta)
1
tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
2
garlic cloves, minced
2
(14.5-oz.) cans no-salt-added tomatoes, undrained, cut up
1
(15-oz.) can Green Giant® or Old El Paso® Garbanzo Beans or Progresso® Chick Peas, drained, rinsed
1 1/2
teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
1
teaspoon sugar
1
(10-oz.) pkg. prewashed fresh spinach, stems removed, chopped (about 8 cups)
2
oz. (1/2 cup) crumbled feta cheese
1/4
cup sliced ripe olives
  1. Cook penne to desired doneness as directed on package. Drain; cover to keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat until hot. Add garlic; cook and stir 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, beans, Italian seasoning and sugar; mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes.
  3. Add spinach; cook 3 minutes or until spinach wilts, stirring frequently.
  4. To serve, arrange cooked penne on large serving platter. Top with tomato mixture. Sprinkle with cheese and olives.
Makes 4 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Ingredient Info
In Mediterranean countries such as Italy, dried beans were once known as "poor man's meat." The nutrients, flavor and versatility of beans have elevated them to a common staple in well-stocked kitchens, whether in dried or canned form.
Healthy Hint
An easy way to cut back on the sodium in recipes is to use no-salt-added canned tomatoes. You save about 280 milligrams of sodium per serving in this recipe by using them.
Serving Suggestion
Serve this flavorful pasta with crusty rolls or Italian bread slices. Pineapple or orange slices and iced tea completes the menu.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 400
    • (Calories from Fat 90),
  • Total Fat 10g
    • (Saturated Fat 3g,),
  • Cholesterol 15mg;
  • Sodium 470mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 61g
    • (Dietary Fiber 10g,
    • Sugars 8g),
  • Protein 16g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 3 Starch;
    • 3 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 3 Vegetable;
    • 2 Fat;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.