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Cannellini with Lemon and Basil Over Penne

1 lb Pasta
2 tb Olive oil
1 lg Garlic clove; minced
2 c Cannelini beans; cooked, drained and rinsed
1 Lemon
1/2 c Fresh basil leaves; shredded
1/2 c Fresh parsley; chopped
1/2 ts Pepper; or more to taste
Salt; to taste
1/2 c Plain low-fat yogurt


1. Remove and julienne the lemon zest. Reserve the juice (about 2 tablespoons).

2. Bring a large kettle of salted water to a boil over high heat and add the pasta. (Use penne or other short tubular pasta.) Cook for about 8 minutes, until al dente, while you prepare the sauce.

3. In a large skillet or saute pan over moderate heat, bring the oil to rippling. Add the garlic and saute until it is just golden, about 1 minute. Add the (canned but drained and rinsed) beans, lemon zest and juice, basil, parsley (preferably flat-leaf), pepper, and salt. Toss gently and let the mixture heat through for about 2 or 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and keep warm until the pasta is almost cooked.

4. Just before draining the pasta, stir the yogurt into the bean mixture. Drain the pasta in a colander and add it to the sauce, toss to coat well, and transfer to a serving bowl.


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