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Pasta with Shell Beans & Greens


Try something different with this scrumptious pasta dish that will have you making it every week!















1 pound cranberry beans
in pods OR 1 c cooked, dried beans
1 bay leaves
6 sage leaves
fresh, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 garlic cloves
1 carrots
finely diced
to taste
2 pounds mixed salad greens
such as mustard, kale, turnip or a mixture
1 onions
red, finely diced
red pepper flakes
to taste
12 ounces pasta, penne
ziti, or shell pasta
black pepper
freshly ground, to taste


Shell the beans then put them in a pan with water to cover; add the bay leaf, half the sage and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.

Slice 1 of the garlic cloves and add it to the pan along with the carrot.

Salt lightly and simmer until the beans are tender, about 30 minutes.

Add more water, if needed.

When beans are tender, set them aside in the liquid.

Remove tough stems of the greens; roughly chop leaves.

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a skillet and gently wilt the onion.

Chop the remaining garlic and sage leaves and add them to the onion, along with the red pepper flakes.

Cook for a few minutes, then add the greens.

Add ½ cup or so of cooking water from the beans and salt to taste; cook until greens are tender, about 15 minutes.

When greens are done, add beans and enough liquid to make a little sauce.

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling, salted water.

When it is done, scoop it out and add it directly to the greens and beans.

Toss them together, then turn into a heated serving dish.

Drizzle the remaining olive oil over the top, season with plenty of pepper and freshly grated cheese.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 276g (9.7 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 33047% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 79mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 13%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars g
Protein 17g
Vitamin A 387% Vitamin C 78%
Calcium 12% Iron 18%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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