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Meatless Penne Pasta with White Beans, Roasted Tomatoes, and Herbs

This Meatless Penne Pasta with White Beans, Roasted Tomatoes, and Herbs is perfect for a meatless main dish that’s loaded with flavor! Use Pasta Recipes to find more recipes like this one!

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The longer you’ve been food blogging, the more certain it is is that you have some wonderful recipes back in the archives with really ghastly photos. When I spotted this recipe from 2007 for Meatless Penne Pasta with White Beans, Roasted Tomatoes, and Rosemary, I remembered it had been good, but I knew I had to take new photos if I was going to entice anyone to try it!

Luckily, I had slow roasted tomatoes in the freezer and fresh rosemary and basil in the garden, and although re-taking old photos can sometimes seem like an endless job, eating the food again is definitely one of the best perks of blogging.

The recipe is from a cookbook called 50 Great Pasta Sauces that I received as a review copy (back when I accepted products to review.) The recipe in the book called for soaking white beans and cooking them in lots of stock, which I’m sure would be great, but I made this on day I didn’t plan ahead and the sauce was wonderful even with canned beans. I used chicken stock, but if you make this with vegetable stock and skip the Parmesan, this pasta dish would be vegan.

 

Meatless Penne Pasta with White Beans, Roasted Tomatoes, and Herbs found on KalynsKitchen.com

More Meatless Pasta to try:

Pasta with Slow Roasted Tomatoes from The Perfect Pantry
Vegetarian Whole Wheat Pasta with Fried Kale, Tomato Sauce, and Goat Cheese from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Mushroom Bolognese from The Italian Dish
Penne Pasta with Wilted Arugula, Basil, Ricotta, and Parmesan Sauce from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Pasta with Roasted Vegetables from Apple a Day

Meatless Penne Pasta with White Beans, Roasted Tomatoes, and Herbs

This Meatless Penne Pasta with White Beans, Roasted Tomatoes, and Herbs is a perfect main dish for Meatless Monday!

Ingredients:

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 10-12 small tomatoes, roasted (or use 1 cup slow roasted tomatoes or well-drained canned roasted tomatoes, see note)
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion (1 small onion)
  • 1/4 cup minced garlic (or less, but this was great with all the garlic)
  • 2 cups homemade chicken stock or vegetable stock (or 1 can broth plus a little water)
  • 1 can (15 oz) white beans with juice (or use 2 cups pre-cooked white beans)
  • 1 T chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (or 2-3 T basil pesto), optional
  • 1/2 cup reserved pasta cooking water

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups (uncooked) whole wheat or reduced-carb Penne or other pasta of your choice
  • 1 tsp. salt, for pasta cooking water
  • 1/2 cup or more coarsely grated fresh Parmesan cheese (optional)

Directions:

  1. If you need to roast the tomatoes, preheat oven to 250 F. Cut tomatoes in fourths lengthwise, sprinkle with sea salt and roast 2 hours on a cookie sheet that’s covered with foil.
  2. When tomatoes are nearly done roasting, chop onion, and rosemary and mince the garlic.
  3. Heat olive oil in heavy frying pan, then add onions and cook about 5 minutes, until just starting to brown. Add the garlic and cook about 2 minutes more.
  4. Add chicken stock and canned beans, turn heat to low, and simmer 10 minutes. Add the chopped rosemary and cook about 10 minutes more. Then add the roasted tomatoes and cook 5-10 minutes more. Stir in the chopped basil or pesto if using and turn off the heat.
  5. While sauce is simmering, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add pasta, and cook until al dente, check time on the package. Drain well, saving 1/2 cup pasta cooking water.
  6. Toss the pasta with the sauce, adding the reserved cooking water if needed. Serve hot, topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese if desired.

Notes:

If you’re lucky enough to have slow roasted tomatoes in the freezer, they are perfect for this recipe.

This recipe is adapted from a wonderful little book called 50 Great Pasta Sauces

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
If this Meatless Penne Pasta with White Beans, Roasted Tomatoes, and Herbs is made with whole wheat pasta, you could have a small serving of this for phase 2 of the South Beach Diet, or a larger serving for phase 3. This recipe wouldn’t work for low-carb diets.

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    23 Comments on “Meatless Penne Pasta with White Beans, Roasted Tomatoes, and Herbs”

  1. I've never tried pasta with beans except for in soup – this looks like a great meatless meal Kalyn (and I love the updated pictures).

  2. Except for soups, I've never mixed beans with pasta – sounds pretty nice and hearty, so I'll keep this in mind, Kalyn

  3. Thanks Dara. I love roasted tomatoes no matter how you use them!

    Lydia, I think all those herbs will work here. Yes, new photos are very satisfying.