Sunday, March 1, 2009

Spicy Broccoli, Bell Pepper, and Cannellini Beans with Bowtie Pasta

Full of vegetables, with a smattering of creamy cannellini beans and enough crushed red pepper to get your attention, this pasta could be the next addition to your quick meal rotation. If you're like me, you find yourself with way more activities than you can cram into your non-work time. I still have Christmas decorations to pack away. I kid you not. (Did I really just admit that on the internet?) Anyway, with so much to do, a pasta dish full of nutritious vegetables and beans for protein can fortify you for a busy schedule, without carving out a huge chunk of your precious time for preparation.

Spicy Broccoli, Bell Pepper and Cannellini Beans with Bowtie Pasta
Serves 4

8 ounces whole wheat bowtie pasta
2 cups broccoli florets and stems, sliced into small pieces
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/2 large red bell pepper, sliced
3 small cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes with juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 cup cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
toasted pinenuts, to garnish, optional

Cook the pasta according to package directions. After the pasta has cooked about 7 minutes, add the broccoli to the pot. Cook about 3 more minutes, then drain.

While pasta cooks, prepare the sauce. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute bell pepper until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and crushed red pepper and cook about 1 minute. Add oregano, basil, tomatoes, salt, black pepper, and beans. Simmer for about 5 minutes, or until the sauce thickens.
Combine sauce with pasta and broccoli. Check for seasoning. Top each serving with pinenuts if desired.


  1. goodness - i think that pasta would also be great as a next day lunch, cold!

  2. Oh my! This looks like something I would definitely make. Just like pearl said, I bet it would make some tasty leftovers!c

  3. Christmas decorations?! I love it!

    And cannellini beans?! I love those, too :)

    This looks really great...

  4. Oh the things I could admit on the internet...
    I love this dish! Full of veg and goodness! Love it! I'm drooling over that little puppy - they aren't so easy to adopt over here (there aren't as many in the pound as in the states). We really want one, and that one is so cute!

  5. creamy cannellini beans + crushed red pepper + veggies = the best ever! totally gonna have to try out your spicy pasta bowl, Lisa! it looks absolutely awesome - and sounds full of everything i love the most! hooooooray!

  6. This sounds like a wonderfully easy meal! I love quick meals like this, and hey, this would also be a great quick meal for summer, when it is too hot to cook much else.

    Have I mentioned I love broccoli and crushed red pepper?

  7. I love simple meals like that! And I need to eat more broccoli. Don't feel bad about Xmas decor. You should just leave it up and it'll be ready to go next December. :-)

  8. Yum! White beans and tomato make the perfect vegan Italian meal.

  9. ooh, i just cooked up a batch of cannellini beans, so i'll have to make this!

  10. This looks really tasty and convenient - pasta, veggies, and beans, what more do you need? Regarding the christmas decorations, I have a xmas stocking for my dog Otter that's become a year-round decoration, so March is pretty early for getting those things put away :)

  11. awesome! simple yet drool-worthy!

  12. That pasta looks awesome! And I agree with the commenter who said it would be good cold, I immediately thought of how good leftovers would be for lunch.

  13. that looks really good - i often just want something really quick but still tasty and this looks perfect.

  14. Oh, sounds good! I will definitely make this.

  15. Haha! I still have Christmas decorations to put away too :) Pasta looks good!

  16. Canellini beans are my current obsession. My cafeteria serves a surprisingly decent canellini bean salad that is my protein mainstay. Maybe I could mix it with this and steamed broccoli to make a faithful recreation!

  17. This is a dish I could eat every day - it's just lovely!

  18. There is a house in our neighborhood that still has all the Christmas decorations outside. They even have one of those huge inflatable Santas but it's deflated on their lawn. It looks like Santa had too much to drink and passed out right there!

    I love your cannellini bean dish! Thank you for your birthday wishes, I am slowly trying to re-enter the blogging world!

  19. Mmmm, I love cannellini beans -- they don't get enough love! Great photo too :)

  20. Looks fantastic. I will have to try this one out. Easy peasey!

  21. Hehehe, at what point do you leave the Christmas decorations out for next year? :)

    Your pasta dish sounds like a fantastic weeknight meal!

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