Cannellini Penne Pasta

Cannellini beans, spicy sauce, spinach, and brown rice penne pasta make this Italian-inspired dish so delicious.  Cannellini beans are low-fat,  provide a high quality protein, magnesium, fiber, iron, and folate.
Cannellini beans are large white beans, about 3/4" long, with a firm texture, soft skin and a nut-like flavor. Very popular in Italy, and especially Tuscany, cannellini beans are the reason Tuscans are referred to as "bean eaters", or "mangiafagioli" in Italian. Cannellini beans are mild in flavor and hold their shape well.

Cannellini Penne Pasta
Printable Recipe
Serves 4

1 cup (canned) organic cannellini beans (drain & rinse)
1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 green onions sliced thinly
1 cup celery hearts diced
1/2-1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/2 cup marinara sauce (your favorite)
1/2 cup apple juice
1 large handful organic baby spinach leaves
2 cups dry organic brown rice penne pasta (I used Tinkyada)
1/2 tsp. salt
Daiya Cheese (to sprinkle on top-if desired)

1.)  Bring 6 cups of water to boil.  Add 2 cups organic brown rice penne pasta.  Lower heat, but make sure pasta continues to boil for 14 minutes.  Drain and rinse.

2.)  In large skillet heat 1 tsp. olive oil.  Add the green onion, celery and pepper flakes.  Saute for 2 minutes.  Add 1/2 cup marinara sauce and heat.  Add in drained and rinsed cannellini beans & salt.  Stir until blended and heats through. 

3.)  Before serving add 1 large handful of baby spinach leaves and stir until lightly wilted.

4.)  Dish noodles onto plate and serve sauce over top.  Sprinkle a bit of vegan cheese on top if desired.
You can also blend the noodles and sauce altogether and then serve.

5.)  Enjoy Pin It


  1. This pasta sounds so delicious! I used cannellini beans with pasta once and loved it!

  2. ((insert whistling sound here))

    That is one sexy lookin' pasta!


  3. Hi Debbie ;) Looks so YUMMY!! I love Italian food, actually I wanted go take some lunch for Italian Restaurant,but Kevin wanna go some "ramen noodle" we went to take some "ramen noodle". then just get back home now. and.. I found your YUMMY pasta. I really wanna take some Italian food right now ;*)
    you always make me hungry :)

  4. That is a really interesting idea. Is the apple juice in lieu of wine?

  5. THis does look really good and really unique!

  6. Mmmm that looks delicious! I need to come test it out! ;)

  7. Thank you ladies:)
    Shen, yes I did use apple juice in lieu of wine and it was so delicious!!
    I warmed this up today for lunch and it was really yummy the second time around. I hope you all will try it.

  8. Debbie, so good to see you will be teaching at the Bosch in Sandy. Say hello to Bob for us; we love Bob and have taught in his store from time to time.

  9. Yum! I love pasta and cannellini beans- this recipe looks great!

  10. Hi Debbie,
    Love your site! I'm gonna add you to my blog list.
    And this dish sounds excellent...


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