Pasta with Spinach and Beans Recipe

Lisa Grant | Jersey Girl Cooks

Pasta with Spinach and Beans is a great vegetarian meal you can pull together in 30 minutes. Hearty and filling!

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Pasta has always been a staple in my pantry. It makes an easy quick dinner and is very economical. In this pasta dish, I add some chick peas as a source of protein. Fire roasted tomatoes and spinach add nutrition, color and flavor.

I also tried out a tomato pasta. Feel free to use plain penne or even try out another veggie variety. It is the perfect comfort dish on a cool fall night.

I miss my summer bounty of fresh Jersey tomatoes. When the cooler weather comes, I like to stock up with cans of fire roasted tomatoes. When added to a pasta dish, they have an extra special sweetness that regular canned tomatoes just don’t have.

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Of course, you can roast and can your own, which I do every summer, but eventually my supply runs out. So I purchase plenty of cans of fire roasted tomatoes as the next best thing.

I like to slather my dish of pasta with some good Italian Parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper. However, I always serve the cheese on the side, especially if there is a vegan at my table. I make plenty of vegetarian dishes but when I need a vegan meal, I can struggle with coming up with something.

If you leave off the cheese, this is the perfect vegan meal.

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You can serve this dish with a fancy salad such as a Roasted Beet and Avocado Salad or a Grilled Pear Salad, if you want to make dinner extra special. Or you can serve a light dessert, such as a winter fruit salad to complete your meal.

If you are looking for a vegan or vegetarian meal, give this one a try. It’s quick and easy to make but also delicious. Everyone will be giving big compliments to the chef! 

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Pasta with Spinach and Beans Recipe

    6 Servings


  • 12 ounces Penne
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves Crushed Garlic
  • 1 14.5 ounce can Fire Roasted Tomatoes
  • 5 ounces Chopped Frozen Spinach
  • 1 15-ounce can Garbanzo Beans, Rinsed and drained
  • 2 teaspoons Dried Basil
  • Salt and Red Pepper, To taste
  • Parmesan Cheese, For serving


  1. In a large pot of salted water, cook pasta ala dente per package directions.
  2. Drain and keep warm. Reserve a half cup of pasta water.
  3. While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil on medium heat in a large frying pan. Add garlic, tomatoes and spinach.
  4. Cook for about 10 minutes or until the sauce is simmering.
  5. Add beans and basil. Cook for another 5 minutes on low heat.
  6. Add pasta and reserved half cup of pasta water. Stir well and cook until bubbly.
  7. Season pasta to taste with salt and red pepper.
  8. Serve in a large bowl with plenty of Parmesan cheese on the side.


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Author: Lisa Grant
Recipe Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 36
Calories 339

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 399mg
Total Carbohydrate 55g
  Dietary Fiber 3g
  Sugars 2g
Protein 11g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Lisa Grant

About Lisa

Like all moms, Lisa needs quick and easy dinners during the week for her busy family. As our Easy Dinners Fanatic, she creates meals that you can make between soccer and band practice that are full of flavor and good for you too. You can see more from Lisa on Jersey Girl Cooks.

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