The green beans in this dish are cooked a very long time until they are soft enough to be twirled easily with the pasta. Fresh garlic, crushed red pepper and tangy cheese add lots of flavor.

Janet Fletcher
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 1995


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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add red-pepper flakes and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds to release their fragrance. Add tomatoes, increase heat to medium-high and saute, stirring often, until the tomatoes break down and begin to form a sauce, about 10 minutes.

  • Add beans, broth (or water), salt and pepper. Stir to coat the beans, cover and adjust the heat to maintain a bare simmer. Cook until the beans are very tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Stir often near the end of cooking to prevent scorching. (The cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the beans.) Taste and adjust seasonings.

  • Cook tagliatelle (or fettuccine) in a large pot of boiling salted water until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta-cooking water and drain the rest. Return the tagliatelle to the cooking pot. Add the sauce and toss, adding a little of the reserved pasta-cooking water if needed to help the sauce coat the noodles. Transfer to warm plates. Top each serving with ricotta salata (or feta).

Nutrition Facts

339.5 calories; protein 14.9g 30% DV; carbohydrates 63.5g 21% DV; exchange other carbs 4; dietary fiber 11.7g 47% DV; sugars 5.8g; fat 5.4g 8% DV; saturated fat 1.9g 9% DV; cholesterol 4.4mg 2% DV; vitamin a iu 257.1IU 5% DV; vitamin c 4.9mg 8% DV; folate 43.8mcg 11% DV; calcium 106mg 11% DV; iron 3.1mg 17% DV; magnesium 109mg 39% DV; potassium 326.3mg 9% DV; sodium 257.1mg 10% DV; thiamin 0.4mg 37% DV.