Creamy White Bean Pasta is the perfect weeknight dinner done in under 15 minutes. With a perfectly creamy and smooth vegan sauce made with white beans.
If you’ve tried Skinny Chicken Alfredo Pasta and loved the healthy twist on a classic Pasta Dish, then this you’ve found what’s for dinner tonight. This great recipe is just as creamy, but dairy-free and perfect for a vegan diet.
CREAMY WHITE BEAN PASTA
This amazing pasta is sure to become a go-to for easy weeknight dinners. It’s low-sodium, protein-packed, and dairy-free. Plus, you can easily eat it on a gluten-free or Keto diet if you use a gluten-free pasta. Despite being so healthy, this White Beans and Pasta dish is one of the creamiest, most delicious meals out there.
White Beans and Pasta is an easy one-pot recipe that makes weeknight dinners so easy. It’s so easy to make that you’ll have plenty of time to prepare a delicious Side Dish to go with it. Some sides that would taste delicious with White Beans and Pasta are Parmesan Roasted Vegetables, or Cashew Kale Salad. But no matter, what you serve it with White Beans and Pasta is sure to be a hit.
SUPER EASY PASTA
There’s been a lot of bragging about how easy this pasta is, but now’s the time to prove it. Here are the unbelievably simple step-by-step directions to making White Bean Pasta.
Start by boiling rotini noodles in a large pot. Cooking them on medium-high heat until boiling, 1 minute shy of the directions on the box. Then drain the pasta water and set aside. You can add a little bit of olive oil to the noodles to make sure they don’t stick together.
Then combine all the other ingredients: beans, broth, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, salt and pepper to a blender until creamy and smooth. Put the ingredients in a food processor and blend until the beans and other ingredients are smooth.
Toss the bean sauce with the cooked noodles. Then heat it all together. That’s all there is to it. Then just top with Parmesan Cheese and cherry tomatoes for garnish, if you desire and serve.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF WHITE BEANS
This pasta recipe is low in calories, but high in healthy proteins. And that’s thanks to the white beans. Beans are a great source of lean protein. They’re great for anyones diet and especially important if you’re on a vegan or other plant-based diet.
Along with protein, beans are also high in fiber, and bring a great flavor and texture to the pasta. White beans also contain folate, magnesium, and vitamin B6 that are important for a healthy diet.
And because their flavor isn’t too overpowering you can experiment with adding different ingredients like lemon juice, spinach, or sauté chopped onions to add to the white bean sauce.
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VARIATIONS ON CREAMY WHITE BEAN PASTA
- Add-ins: There are so many delicious add-ins to put in the bean sauce or top the pasta. You can add some wilted spinach, minced garlic, red onion, minced garlic cloves, lemon juice, sun dried tomatoes or chopped cherry tomatoes. If you start with fresh spinach, simply toss it with olive oil and steam it before adding it. And if you put in red onion, you can sauté them in a skillet for a minute or so before adding it to the rest of the sauce.
- Spicy White Bean Pasta Recipe: To add a little kick to your pasta dish put ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes in the shite bean sauce. You can add more or less pepper flakes depending on your taste. You can also add a little bit more garlic than the 1 teaspoon garlic the recipe asks for. And if you’d like it extra hot, sprinkle a few extra red pepper flakes over the top of the pasta before serving.
- Types of beans: There are a few kinds of white beans, and you can use any of them in this pasta recipe. Cannellini beans, great northern beans, or navy beans will all work in this Tuscan White Bean Pasta. Cannellini beans are the most common choice for bean recipes like this, but you can use the other white beans.
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HOW TO STORE WHITE BEAN PASTA
- Serve: Don’t leave Bean Pasta at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
- Store: If you have leftover White Bean Pasta, store it in an airtight container in the fridge. It can last up to 5 days.
- Freeze: To keep Bean and Pasta for a long period of time, don’t combine the sauce with the noodles. Instead, keep theme separate. They’ll last in the freezer for up to 2 months. When you’re to enjoy the pasta, defrost it in the fridge then toss the sauce and pasta together and reheat.
- 1 pound rotini pasta
- 2 cans white beans ,15.5 ounces, drained and rinsed
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 3/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
- Cook pasta one minute shy of the ingredients.
- Add beans, broth, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, salt and pepper to a blender until creamy and smooth.
- Add to hot, drained pasta and toss to combine.
- Warm the sauce on medium heat for 1 minute then serve.