A healthful combination of beans and greens makes this pasta dish evocative of the Italian countryside. By dropping the greens in the boiling water with the pasta, you've eliminated an extra step--and an extra pot to wash.

Deidre Senior
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Winter 2004


Recipe Summary

35 mins


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  • Put a large pot of water on to boil for cooking pasta.

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over low heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant but not colored, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes, oregano and crushed red pepper; cover and increase heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes start to break down and release their juices, 5 to 10 minutes. Add beans, reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until heated through. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Meanwhile, cook pasta in the boiling water for 4 minutes. Add broccoli rabe and cook until the pasta is just tender and the broccoli rabe is tender, 4 to 5 minutes more. Reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid, drain the pasta and broccoli rabe and place in a large bowl. Add the tomato mixture and the reserved cooking liquid; toss to coat. The dish should be slightly soupy. Sprinkle each serving with cheese.

Nutrition Facts

466 calories; protein 20.8g 42% DV; carbohydrates 71.4g 23% DV; exchange other carbs 5; dietary fiber 9.1g 37% DV; sugars 6.2g; fat 14.1g 22% DV; saturated fat 2.6g 13% DV; cholesterol 4.6mg 2% DV; vitamin a iu 8107.5IU 162% DV; vitamin c 115.8mg 193% DV; folate 268.3mcg 67% DV; calcium 173.4mg 17% DV; iron 4.7mg 26% DV; magnesium 40.3mg 14% DV; potassium 638.9mg 18% DV; sodium 682.1mg 27% DV; thiamin 0.4mg 45% DV.

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Rating: 4 stars
Pasta & Beans Delicious. I added 14 oz. diced can tomatoes(didn't have fresh) and 1 can Rotel spicy tomatoes. Also added 14 oz browned ground turkey. Also added 14oz. Frozen broccoli florets. Served over cooked pasta Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I found that there wasn't a whole lot of flavor and I even added anchovy paste... Read More