Pasta with Beans and Greens

Source: Cooking Matters

Serving size: 1 cup

Servings per recipe: 10

Use any of your favorite hearty greens in this cool-weather dish.

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1 (16-ounce) package whole wheat pasta

2 medium onions

1 medium carrot

3 large cloves garlic

2 pounds (1 large bunch) spinach or kale

2 (15-ounce) cans great northern, cannellini, or lima beans

2 Tablespoons canola oil

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

Salt & Pepper to taste


can opener, colander, cutting board, large pot, large skillet, measuring cups, measuring spoons, sharp knife, vegetable peeler


1. Cook pasta following package directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta water. Set aside.

2. While pasta is cooking, rinse, peel, and dice onions and carrot. Peel and mince garlic.

3. Rinse greens, more than once if needed to remove all grit. Remove tough stems. Chop coarsely.

4. In a colander, drain and rinse beans*.

5. In a large skillet over medium-low heat, heat oil. Add garlic, carrot, onion, and greens. Cook until onions are soft.

6. Add cup reserved pasta water and seasonings. Cook until greens are tender.

7. Add beans to greens. If needed, add a little more reserved pasta water to make a sauce.

8. Add cooked pasta to beans and greens. Toss to combine. Cook until pasta is heated through, about 5 more minutes.

* When you have more time, consider using dried beans and check out the video on how to cook them!


For extra flavor, top with hot sauce or grated Parmesan cheese. Use Swiss chard or any of your favorite hearty greens. Use olive oil instead of canola oil, if you like.

More About White Beans

How to Select

Select dried beans that are dry, firm, clean, uniform in color, and not shriveled.

How to Store

Store dried beans at room temperature, in a closed container to protect from moisture and pests.

How to Prepare

Dried beans need to be soaked before they are cooked. Cover the beans in cold water and bring to a gentle boil, turn off the heat and allow beans to soak in the water for 1-2 hours. Drain water and rinse with fresh water. To cook beans, cover with fresh water and simmer for 1-2 hours. Do not let beans dry out--beans should always be covered with water.