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Pasta with Beans and Greens

Use any of your favorite hearty greens in this warm, nutritious, and low-cost dish.

Recipe Source: CookingMatters.org recipe


  • 1 package whole wheat pasta (16 oz)
  • 2 medium onions
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • 2 pounds spinach or kale (1 large bunch),
  • 2 cans white beans (15.5 oz cans)
  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Cook pasta following package directions. Drain, reserve 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 1/2 cup reserved pasta water and seasonings. Cook until greens are tender.
  7. Add beans to greens. If needed, add more pasta water to make a sauce.
  8. Add cooked pasta to beans and greens. Toss to combine. Cook until pasta is heated through, 5 more minutes.
Serving Size: 3/4 Cup
Total Fat5 g
Saturated Fat0.5 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium340 mg
Total Carbohydrate74 g
Dietary Fiber15 g
Total Sugars3 g
Added Sugars included0 g
Protein23 g
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