Thick, fleshy Romano beans pair well with pasta in this fresh bean version of an Italian classic. You can also use thinner beans.

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Recipe Summary

Makes 4 or 5 servings


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  • In a 4- to 5-quart pan over medium-high heat, combine oil, onion, carrot, celery, and garlic; stir often until onion is limp, about 5 minutes.

  • Add broth, cover, and bring to a boil over high heat.

  • Stir penne pasta into broth and cook 7 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, trim stem ends and pull any strings from beans. Rinse beans and cut into 2-inch lengths. Add beans to pasta; cook until both are tender to bite, 5 to 6 minutes longer. Add basil and mix.

  • Ladle into bowls and scatter prosciutto evenly over portions. Add parmesan cheese and salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition Facts

269 calories; calories from fat 14%; protein 21g; fat 4.2g; saturated fat 0.7g; carbohydrates 37g; fiber 3.7g; sodium 250mg; cholesterol 4.6mg.