Orecchiette with Cannellini Beans and Spinach

Orecchiette, an ear-shaped pasta, holds all the delicious ingredients in its curves. Small pasta shells may be substituted.


6 servings (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups pasta, 1 teaspoon cheese, and 2 teaspoons breadcrumbs)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 393
Caloriesfromfat 9 %
Fat 4 g
Satfat 1 g
Monofat 1.6 g
Polyfat 0.7 g
Protein 17.9 g
Carbohydrate 70.1 g
Fiber 8 g
Cholesterol 2 mg
Iron 6.6 mg
Sodium 495 mg
Calcium 183 mg


1 (12-ounce) package orecchiette pasta (
2 teaspoons olive oil
3/4 cup prechopped onion
1/2 cup preshredded carrot
2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic
1/4 cup preshredded fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 (28-ounce) can plum tomatoes, undrained and chopped
1 (16-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 (6-ounce) package fresh baby spinach
1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs


Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion, carrot, and garlic; sauté 3 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese and next 4 ingredients (through cannellini beans); simmer 5 minutes. Stir in spinach, and cook 1 minute or until spinach is wilted. Stir in pasta; cook until thoroughly heated. Divide pasta mixture evenly. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 2 tablespoons cheese and breadcrumbs.