Best Pasta Dish. A great weeknight dinner you can prepare at a moment's notice, this pasta offers lots of variations. Use whatever pasta, canned beans, or cheese you happen to have on hand. --Recipe by Pasquel Bruno (April 1997)
1 (19-ounce) can cannellini beans or other white beans, drained
2 garlic cloves, crushed
Cracked black pepper (optional)
How to Make It
Combine first 8 ingredients in a large bowl; toss well. Sprinkle with cracked black pepper, if desired.
Wine note: With the simple, fresh flavors of this cavatappi dish, look for a light, refreshing Italian pinot grigio that also has northern Italian heritage. Bollini Pinot Grigio Trentino 2005 ($15) has flavors of white peach and nectarine. The juicy, refreshing quality is perfect against the dry texture of the beans and the slightly bitter spinach, while the rather full body matches the olive oil's fruity richness. --Jeffery Lindenmuth