Pasta with White Bean and Tomato Sauce, Arugula, and Parmesan

Pasta with White Bean and Tomato Sauce, Arugula, and Parmesan
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Pasta with White Bean and Tomato Sauce, Arugula, and Parmesan

Tyler Sullivan

Pasta with White Bean and Tomato Sauce, Arugula, and Parmesan

Really simple, really easy, and packed with flavor, this pasta with white bean and tomato sauce is one of my favorites. While the variations on this sauce are endless (a suggestion I love is spicing it up with some kale and cabbage, or switching the white beans out for some kidney beans), this combination is a good staple. The beans and fire-roasted tomatoes give a hearty element to the dish (not to mention the pasta), but fresher notes are brought to life with the cold, crisp arugula and shaved Parmesan topping. Oh, and add some crushed red pepper flakes for some added spice (if the fire-roasted tomatoes aren't already enough). 

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2
Servings
303
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • One 15-ounce can fire-roasted, diced tomatoes
  • One 15-ounce can white beans
  • 1  Teaspoon  minced garlic
  • Pinch of  salt, plus more for cooking the pasta
  • Pinch of  pepper, plus more to taste
  • 3  Cups  pasta
  • 1  Cup  arugula
  • Parmesan, to taste

Directions

Empty the can of tomatoes into a small- to medium-sized pan and simmer over medium heat. Add the white beans, followed by the garlic, salt, and pepper. Once the sauce begins to bubble, cover and reduce the heat to low.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta. Stir the sauce occasionally until the pasta is cooked. Drain and plate the pasta, and top with the sauce. Then, add the arugula, followed by the Parmesan. Season with additional pepper, to taste.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
11g
16%
Sugar
30g
33%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Carbohydrate, by difference
46g
35%
Protein
7g
15%
Vitamin A, RAE
119µg
17%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
18mg
24%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
109µg
100%
Calcium, Ca
254mg
25%
Choline, total
15mg
4%
Fiber, total dietary
9g
36%
Folate, total
97µg
24%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
47mg
15%
Phosphorus, P
52mg
7%
Sodium, Na
1144mg
76%
Water
333g
12%

Pasta Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Pasta Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients.Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.

Pasta Wine Pairing

Sweet chenin blanc, muscat, or amontillado sherry with nut-based desserts; sauternes or sweet German wines with pound cake, cheesecake, and other mildly sweet desserts; sweet chenin blanc or muscat or Alsatian vendange tardive (late harvest) wines with sweeter desserts; sweet chenin blanc or muscat or Alsatian vendange tardive (late harvest) wines, port, madeira, late-harvest zinfandel, or cabernet sauvignon or cabernet franc with chocolate desserts.