Fresh Pomodoro Pasta, White Beans & Olives

August/September 2005, EatingWell Serves Two

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Capture the flavor of vine-ripe tomatoes with this elegant yet ultra-quick fresh tomato sauce. Although it's an uncooked sauce, the beans are heated briefly in the olive oil and garlic just to flavor them.

"I thought this was great!! And it was so easy. I had some leftover grilled chicken which I added for meat eaters such as my husband. I didn't have the oil cured olives so I used canned black olives which were okay, but I can see that...
Fresh Pomodoro Pasta, White Beans & Olives

Makes: 4 servings

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  • 8 ounces whole-wheat pasta shells, tubetti, ziti or rigatoni
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ripe tomatoes, diced (about 3 cups)
  • 1/4 cup oil-cured black olives, pitted (see Tip) and chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese


  1. Put a large pot of water on to boil. Cook pasta, stirring occasionally, until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add beans and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, until the beans are just heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add tomatoes, olives, basil, salt and pepper. Stir gently to combine. To serve, divide the pasta among 4 plates and top with sauce and cheese.

Tips & Notes

  • Tip: Press down on olives with the side of a heavy knife to split them open and make removing the pits easier.


Per serving: 508 calories; 16 g fat (3 g sat, 6 g mono); 4 mg cholesterol; 63 g carbohydrates; 16 g protein; 13 g fiber; 865 mg sodium; 628 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (60% daily value), Iron (35% dv), Folate (32% dv), Potassium (27% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 4 1/2

Exchanges: 3 1/2 starch, 3 vegetable, 1 very lean meat, 2 fat

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