Penne With Cannellini Beans

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

This is a quick, 5 ingredient recipe. It comes from Light and Tasty. You should definitely be using the Italian-style diced tomatoes that come already seasoned with herbs for flavor. If you use plain diced tomatoes, just add some herbs to your liking when putting this recipe together.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. In large saucepan, combine the tomatoes and beans, and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.
  4. Add spinach, cook and stir for 2 minutes, or until spinach is wilted.
  5. Drain pasta, top with the tomato mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.


Most Helpful

I googled cannelini bean recipe and this is one of the ones that popped up. You see, I'm on a very tight budget right now and really don't have much; cannelini beans, pasta, diced tomatoes and Spinach is what I did have, yay! It worked out splendidly except I added Italian seasoning since I had plain diced tomatoes as well as powdered garlic and forgot about the spinach and added it in later. I don't have Romano cheese so at first I used mozzarella, for leftovers I used a mixture of cheeses. It was really good, simple and very affordable.
For those who say it didn't taste that great, sure it was a bit plain and if I had been thinking more I would've added some garlic and I'm sure onion would be awesome in it too or mushrooms for that matter, but even as simple as I made it was great, and healthy.

MelaJHASL March 20, 2011

We enjoyed this recipe very much, especially with it being so simple. I did add onions, mushrooms,
and extra garlic & basil. Yum!

Mom's Kitchen in Knoxville, TN September 20, 2010

This was a good jumping-off point for a last-minute dinner. I mean, it was either find something quick, or make mac-n-cheese. Good inspiration using ingredients I had on hand. I used only one can of Italian style stewed tomatoes which I diced up, subbed garbanzo beans, sauteed onion and garlic, and added a can of artichoke hearts which I quartered. We are by no means a vegetarian family, but DH and I had no complaints about the absent meat. The beans and whole-wheat penne contributed a lot of substance to make up for it. Thanks!

cautious_cook August 23, 2010

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