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Dad's Pasta (White Bean and Spinach Spaghetti)

Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 servings


  • 200 oz spaghetti (enough for 2 people)
  • 3/4 cup white kidney beans (canned)
  • 1 large shallot
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1.5 cup fresh spinach
  • 2-3 large fresh basil leaves (can sub 1 tbsp dried)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • olive oil


  1. Boil a large pot of water and put in the pasta. Follow the instructions to cook to al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water.

  2. Slice the shallot and saut? in about a tablespoon of olive oil on medium heat in a pan (with a lid). 

  3. Finely chop the garlic and add to the pan. 

  4. Add the white kidney beans to the pan. 

  5. Add the salt and pepper to the pan. Allow the beans to cook for 2-3 minutes, then add the fresh spinach and cover with the lid. Cook for another 3-4 minutes. 

  6. Once the spinach is wilted, add the fresh basil. Add the reserved pasta water and another 2 tbsp of olive oil (or more if needed). Allow to simmer for a minute. 

  7. Add the pasta to the pan and mix, allowing the pasta to absorb the sauce. 

  8. Serve, topping with additional basil if desired. If you're not vegan, consider adding fresh parmesan cheese as a topping.