You'll love this simple and fast vegetarian dinner! Pesto is tossed with pasta and white beans and a little pasta water for a creamy sauce and a satisfying meal. Use store-bought pesto for a super quick meal or make your own pesto. | justalittlebitofbacon.com #italianrecipes #vegetarian #vegetariandinners #pasta #pastarecipes
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Pesto Pasta with White Beans

You'll love this simple and fast vegetarian dinner! Pesto is tossed with pasta and white beans and a little pasta water for a creamy sauce and a satisfying meal. Use store-bought pesto for a super quick meal or make your own pesto.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pasta with white beans, pesto pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 525kcal
Author justalittlebitofbacon

Ingredients

  • 12 oz pasta, such as orecchiette
  • 1 14-oz can cannellini beans, drained
  • 1 cup homemade parsley walnut pesto, or storebought basil pesto

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Add the pasta and cook for 2 minutes less than the package directions.
  • Scoop out 1 cup of water then drain the pasta.
  • Add the drained pasta, 1/2 cup of the water, and cannellini beans to the empty pot and bring to a simmer. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Take the pasta off the heat and add the pesto, stirring to make a creamy sauce. Add more water if needed. Serve.

Notes

  • Walnuts: If using store bought pesto, toast and add some walnuts to the dish. 1/2 cup of walnuts toasted at 350F for 5 minutes give the recipe some extra oomph.
  • Pesto: You can use frozen pesto in the recipe. Just defrost before tossing it with the pasta.

Nutrition

Calories: 525kcal