Vegan Recipe: Pasta with White Beans, Greens and Lemon

By Steven Petusevsky

Director of Culinary Innovation

Pasta with White Beans, Greens and Lemon

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  • 1 pound uncooked orecchiette (“little ears” pasta)
  • 2 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil 
  • Cooking spray 
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes, packed without oil 
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups trimmed arugula or baby spinach 
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped (about 1 [1-ounce] package)
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind 
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 5 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/4 cup vegan Parmesan cheese 


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain. Place pasta in a large bowl; drizzle with oil, tossing to coat.
  2. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add garlic to pan; sauté 1 minute or until garlic begins to brown. Add pasta mixture, tomatoes, pepper, and beans; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in arugula, basil, rind, juice, and salt; cook 1 minute or until arugula wilts. Spoon 1 1/2 cups pasta mixture into each of 6 shallow bowls; top each serving with 2 1/2 teaspoons pine nuts and 2 teaspoons cheese. Serve immediately.


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One thought on “Vegan Recipe: Pasta with White Beans, Greens and Lemon

  1. April 17, 2014 / 11:07 am

    That looks amazing. I was just thinking yesterday I needed to find a recipe to use up some sundried tomatoes I’ve had sitting around! I’ll have to get this a try.


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