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Bowties & Beans Pasta (with spinach & tomatoes)

This 25 minute vegetarian Bowties & Beans Pasta recipe comes together quickly on a busy weeknight, using mostly pantry staples! Flavorful & filling for your Meatless Monday.

So, I normally use fresh tomatoes in a tomato-spinach pasta. As we continue cooking from our pantry, however, today’s vegetarian Bowties & Beans Pasta dish makes use of canned tomatoes and other basic staples — plus, of course, a bag of fresh spinach (because the one in my fridge was on its last legs…).

bowl of pasta with spinach, white beans, and tomatoes

Despite the lack of fresh tomatoes in my life right now, this quick pasta recipe hit the spot yesterday. Don’t settle for just another boring jar of sauce; mix things up a little! 🙂

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Bowties & Beans Pasta (with spinach & tomatoes)

Ingredients for bowties & beans pasta with tomatoes and spinach

Note: Use 2 cans tomatoes + 2 cans beans!

Ingredients

12 oz box of bowtie pasta (farfalle)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp minced garlic (about 6 cloves)
2 cans diced tomatoes
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
Sea salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
8 oz fresh spinach
2 cans Cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan, plus additional to top

Directions

Start salted water boiling for the pasta, and mince the garlic. Cook the pasta al dente according to package directions, then drain.

While the pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat until shimmering, then swirl to coat the pan. Add the garlic and saute briefly, then stir in the tomatoes and spices and continue to saute for another six minutes, stirring occasionally.

Rinse and drain the Cannellini beans for pasta

While tomatoes are cooking, rinse and drain the beans.

Gradually stir the spinach into the tomatoes until it begins to wilt, then stir in the beans. Cook over medium heat for another two minutes, until beans are heated through.

Reduce heat under the skillet to medium-low, then stir in Parmesan until the cheese is melted.

skillet of pasta with beans, tomatoes, and spinach

Gently stir in the cooked pasta until well combined. Taste and add a little additional sea salt, as needed.

Serve topped with additional Parmesan, if desired.

Note: If you don’t have Cannellini beans on hand, substitute Great Northern or another white bean in this recipe. I used petite diced tomatoes from the back of my pantry, but regular diced tomatoes will also work fine.

Filling Flavor for Meatless Monday

This 25 minute vegetarian Bowties & Beans Pasta recipe with white beans, spinach, and tomatoes comes together quickly on a busy weeknight, using mostly pantry staples! Flavorful & filling for your Meatless Monday.

Packed with protein (and garlicky, Parmesan-y deliciousness), this bowties & beans pasta recipe is so hearty that my carnivorous kids didn’t even miss the meat. Throw a little more Parmesan on at the end to take things right over the top! Because we’re all about the garlic over here, we also served ours with garlic bread… then cooled things off with a little bit of fruit on the side.

Bowties & Beans Pasta, printable recipe

Bowties & Beans Pasta

This 25 minute vegetarian Bowties & Beans Pasta recipe comes together quickly on a busy weeknight, using mostly pantry staples! Flavorful & filling for your Meatless Monday.
Course dinner
Cuisine pasta
Keyword bowties & beans pasta, cannellini beans, farfalle, meatless monday, pasta, spinach, vegetarian, weeknight dinner, white beans
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 people

Equipment

large skillet

Ingredients

  • 12 oz box of bowtie pasta (farfalle)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic about 6 cloves
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 8 oz fresh spinach
  • 2 cans Cannellini beans rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan plus additional to top

Instructions

  • Start salted water boiling for the pasta, and mince the garlic. Cook the pasta al dente according to package directions, then drain.
  • While the pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat until shimmering, then swirl to coat the pan. Add the garlic and saute briefly, then stir in the tomatoes and spices and continue to saute for another six minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • While tomatoes are cooking, rinse and drain the beans.
  • Gradually stir the spinach into the tomatoes until it begins to wilt, then stir in the beans. Cook over medium heat for another two minutes, until beans are heated through.
  • Reduce heat under the skillet to medium-low, then stir in Parmesan until the cheese is melted.
  • Gently stir in the cooked pasta until well combined. Taste and add a little additional sea salt, as needed.
  • Serve topped with additional Parmesan, if desired.

Notes

If you don’t have Cannellini beans on hand, substitute Great Northern or another white bean in this recipe. I used petite diced tomatoes from the back of my pantry, but regular diced tomatoes will also work fine.

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Recipe Rating




Mackenzie

Wednesday 4th of August 2021

This pasta has been a go to. My partner and I have made it almost every week for months now! We use only 1 can of beans and 1 can of tomatoes and usually add about a half bag of pasta or less (depending on sauce ratio). We use fresh basil and Cuban oregano from our garden and sometimes add in other herbs. It is such a quick, easy, super satisfying recipe that never gets old!

Varun Sharma

Friday 24th of April 2020

This seriously looks like a restaurant meal. Thanks for sharing and it is something I will be making soon.

Val

Thursday 23rd of April 2020

I used to make something similar to this with instant rice and you would cook the rice in the canned tomato and beans, all in one pot on the stove. It was good for a quick lunch but this sounds better (instant rice is nobody's favorite, let's be honest).

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