Pasta Fagioli Salad Recipe

Pasta Fagioli Salad Recipe
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Pasta and beans — they’re a classic combination in Italian cooking, savory and sweet together in one dish. This quick pasta salad is based on that pairing. The dressing uses a basil-infused oil; look for it among the flavored and nut oils at your supermarket. Best of all, the salad can be stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to four days, ready when you are.

8
Servings
128
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 8  ounces  penne
  • 1/4  cup  balsamic vinegar
  • 3  tablespoons  basil-flavored olive oil
  • 1  teaspoon  salt
  • 1  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 4  teaspoons  garlic, minced
  • 2  teaspoons  Worcestershire sauce
  • One 15 ½-ounce can cannellini beans or other white beans, drained and rinsed
  • One 12-ounce package frozen green beans, thawed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 1/4  cup  diced tomato
  • 1/4  cup  basil, sliced thinly
  • 2  tablespoons  red onion, minced

Directions

Bring a pot of water to boil over high heat. Cook the pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and rinse under cold running water until cool. Drain.

Combine the vinegar and the next 5 ingredients (through Worcestershire sauce) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add the pasta and the remaining ingredients. Toss until coated.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
9g
13%
Sugar
2g
2%
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Cholesterol
8mg
3%
Carbohydrate, by difference
9g
7%
Protein
3g
7%
Vitamin A, RAE
13µg
2%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
7mg
9%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
4µg
4%
Calcium, Ca
32mg
3%
Choline, total
4mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
4µg
1%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
17mg
5%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
58mg
8%
Selenium, Se
1µg
2%
Sodium, Na
141mg
9%
Water
60g
2%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

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.