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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.

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  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 4

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

Directions

  • 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.

EXPERT TIPS

Expert Tips

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.

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.

Serve this flavorful pasta with crusty rolls or Italian bread slices. Pineapple or orange slices and iced tea completes the menu.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
400
(
Calories from Fat
90),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
10g
10%
(Saturated Fat
3g,
3%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
470mg
470%;
Total Carbohydrate
61g
61%
(Dietary Fiber
10g
10%
  Sugars
8g
8%
),
Protein
16g
16%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
110%;
Vitamin C
60%;
Calcium
25%;
Iron
35%;
Exchanges:
3 Starch; 3 Other Carbohydrate; 3 Vegetable; 2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Nutrition information is calculated at the time recipes are created. We do not include optional ingredients in our calculations.
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