Tuscan Penne

Servings 6 Serves


  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 ounces pancetta chopped, or use bacon
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth or use homemade
  • 15 ounces cannellini beans drained and rinsed or homemade
  • 5 cups arugula or use chopped spinach
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • grated Parmesan cheese


  • In a large saucepan, cook pasta until al dente.
  • Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of cooking water in a cup. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add pancetta (or bacon) and cook for 4 minutes, stirring continually.
  • Add onion and garlic and cook and stir for 4 minutes. Add broth and beans and cook for 4 minutes. Add arugula, lemon juice and reserved cooking water along with cooked pasta.
  • Cook and stir over medium heat until greens wilt. To serve, garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!


SERVING SUGGESTION: Serve sliced tomatoes and cucumber on the side. VEGETARIAN: Skip the pancetta and add an additional 15 ounces beans. Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. KOSHER: Skip the pancetta and add more beans, if desired. GLUTEN FREE: Make sure pancetta (or bacon), beans and broth are gluten free. Use gluten free pasta. NUTRITION: Per Serving: 476 Calories; 8g Fat; 24g Protein; 76g Carbohydrate; 6g Dietary Fiber; 17mg Cholesterol; 738mg Sodium. Exchanges: 4 1/2 Grain(Starch); 1 1/2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 1 Fat. Points: 12
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