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Pasta With White Beans and Kale

Yield 6 servings (serving size: 1 1/3 cups)
Bring superfood kale to your pasta dish for a hearty dinner tonight.


  • 2 1/2 cups uncooked radiatore (short coiled pasta), rigatoni, or penne
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (7-ounce) bottle roasted red bell peppers, drained and sliced
  • 12 cups coarsely chopped kale (about 1/2 pound)
  • 1 (16-ounce) can cannellini beans or other white beans, drained
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 6 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Nutrition Information

  • calories 349
  • caloriesfromfat 22 %
  • fat 8.5 g
  • satfat 2 g
  • monofat 4.2 g
  • polyfat 1.4 g
  • protein 14.1 g
  • carbohydrate 54.7 g
  • fiber 3.4 g
  • cholesterol 5 mg
  • iron 3.9 mg
  • sodium 289 mg
  • calcium 170 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain pasta in a sieve over a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid; set pasta aside.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add minced garlic and sliced bell peppers, and saute 1 minute. Add kale and cannellini beans; cover and cook 5 minutes or until kale is wilted, stirring occasionally. Add cooked pasta, reserved cooking liquid, 1 tablespoon oil, lemon juice, and pepper, and stir well. Spoon the pasta mixture into serving bowls, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Cook's Notes

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