Penne Pasta and White Beans: Meatless Meal

by GettingFreedom on August 16, 2010

Meatless meals are a great way to shave a few dollars off of your grocery bill. If you use enough seasonings, and the right ingredients, meatless meals can be incredibly tasty and fulfilling.  An old favorite of ours is Lentil Brown Rice Casserole, but we’ve added a new one to the line up that is packed with Italian flavor; Penne Pasta and White Beans.

This is obviously not penne pasta, instead it’s shells.  That is all I had on hand–and it worked just fine.

Penne Pasta with White Beans

8 oz. penne pasta

2 (16 oz.) cans white beans- or cooked dried beans.

1 (7oz.) jar roasted red peppers; drained

¼ cup Olive Oil Balsamic Dressing

1 Tbsp Basil

½ tsp. black pepper

½ tsp. salt

Cook pasta according to package directions.

Combine the cooked pasta, white beans, roasted red peppers {Don’t have any?  This dish is very forgiving.  Sauté red peppers, or even a pepper mix, in butter/olive oil with a dash of pepper.  Tastes just as good!}, balsamic vinegar, and seasonings in a casserole dish.  Bake for 20 minutes in a  350° oven, or until warmed throughout.  Top with mozzarella cheese; if desired.

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Brenda August 16, 2010 at 10:33 pm

I love doing some meatless dishes as well. This looks yummy

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Alison @ Hospitality Haven August 16, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Lentils and beans are so versatile! I’m making lentil spaghetti sauce for a crew tomorrow for lunch!

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Relishing Life August 17, 2010 at 9:45 am

Looks scrumptious! We will definitely have to try it. We are cutting back on the amount of meat we eat and I am always looking for yummy pasta recipes to try! Thank you!

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Sherry August 17, 2010 at 9:53 am

Love doing meatless meals!! :D Thank you for sharing this yummy looking recipe, too!

Have a great day!
Sherry

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Aimemomof2+ August 17, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Thanks for this recipe. We love the lentil and brown rice recipe! I have modified it to go in the slow cooker, and we are having it tonight for dinner! :)

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