This recipe for Creamy Pasta with White Beans and Spinach has many things going for it, including the fact that it’s easy to make. It’s simple, yet elegant, and perfect for a festive gathering or dinner for the family. The sauce may be rich, but it’s not overwhelming, and it works perfectly paired with hearty white beans, fresh spinach, and bits of roasted red pepper.
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The UncommonGoods’ Floral Wine Glasses are festive and unpretentious, decorated with simple flowers (a different design on each) with an Art Deco flair. The glasses come in a set of six, hold 6.5 ounces of your favorite wine, and are made in the USA. They arrived on my doorstep packaged in a cute cardboard carrier with a spot for each glass, and individually covered in protective bubble wrap.
These glasses were spot on sitting next to a bowl of Creamy Pasta with White Beans and Spinach. For me, they added a time-honored tradition to serving a glass of wine with a simple and delicious meal: not overly ornate, but welcoming and relaxed.
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Pasta meals are more than mere red sauce. Creamy Pasta with White Beans and Spinach is the perfect example. No fuss, but definitely special.
Recipe for Creamy Pasta with White Beans and Spinach
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for which I was compensated. All opinions expressed here are my own.
- 8 ounces small pasta, like penne
- 1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup diced onion
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 roasted red pepper, diced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus extra to season
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, plus extra to season
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish
- 1 (15 ounce) can white beans, drained and rinsed
- 3 cups (packed) fresh spinach
- 3 fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips, plus extra for garnish
- Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
- As the pasta cooks, add the olive oil to a skillet over medium heat. When hot, add the onion and cook, stirring, for several minutes, or until it begins to soften.
- Add the garlic and red pepper, and cook for a minute or so.
- Add the butter to the skillet. When it melts, add the flour and whisk for a minute or so.
- Add the milk to the skillet and whisk, stirring. Add the Parmesan cheese and continue to whisk. If the sauce is too thick, add a bit of the cooking water from the pasta (2-3 tablespoons to start). Allow the mixture to cook for a few minutes.
- Drain the pasta and add it to the skillet. Toss to coat.
- Add the beans, spinach, and basil leaves to the skillet, and turn off the heat. Toss all the ingredients so they’re well coated. Season with salt and ground black pepper.
- Serve on individual plates garnished with Parmesan cheese and torn basil leaves.