Pasta with Baby Broccoli and Beans Recipe -
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Pasta with Baby Broccoli and Beans

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"Tuscan vegetarian comfort food. Omit the cheese to make it vegan."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    25 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta in boiling water until cooked through yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes; drain.
  2. While the pasta cooks, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook the garlic and red pepper flakes in the hot oil briefly, about 1 minutes. Stir the broccolini into the garlic; cook and stir together for 5 minutes. Add the fava beans and sun-dried tomatoes and cook until the beans are completely warmed, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and toss with the drained pasta in a large bowl. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese to serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 03, 2011

Very healthy and simple recipe. Unfortunately lava beans r hard to find, I use othr types. I would add a squeeze of lemon juice at the end to compliment the flavors.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 15, 2013

I didn't like this at all! I used 2 good pricey packages of organic baby broccoli, that I normally just steam and they have great flavor on their own. The broccoli was slightly undercooked, the beans were on the mushy side, the hot pepper flakes made it way too hot, and the sun dried tomatoes just tasted too strong for my taste. It's odd, as I like all of these flavors. They just didn't seem to come together for some reason. Although, not the submitters fault, the calorie count seems really off also. I figured it as 250 cal a serving before adding pasta to taste.


10 Ratings

May 28, 2011

I love Italy, too, lovesitaly! Please try this recipe for a light, healthy summer meal. I highly recommend it. Progresso has canned fava beans. Ask your grocer to order you a few cans if you have trouble finding them. They make this recipe. Now, I do have a couple of personal changes to mention. I used 12 oz. of dried WW penne pasta. I think using a whole pound, the broccolini and favas would get lost. I also added 2 heaping tbsps of fresh chopped basil with the beans and sundried tomatoes and sprinkled 1 tbsp on top, after mixing everything together, before sprinkling the cheese on top. If you can find smoked sundried tomatoes, try them! They give a nice depth of flavor. Lastly, I combined 3 cheeses - asiago, pecorino romano and parm - again, for more complex flavor. Thanks again, lovesitaly!

Oct 20, 2010

I did not have fava beans, so I used lima beans and I added few chopped sicilian olives. Delizioso!

Mar 31, 2012


Mar 07, 2012

Made this with a 340g package of whole wheet penne because that is the size it comes in here in Canada. And I used broccoli instead as I could not find broccolini. At first it tasted kind of bland, so I added a bit of salt and more red pepper flakes. I found that this dish grew on me to the more I ate it.

Mar 24, 2013

Delicious and healthy; I loved all the flavors in this and the fava beans are a nice addition that helps keep you full. Basil would be a great garnish when in season. Thanks for sharing!


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  • Calories
  • 736 kcal
  • 37%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 113.4 g
  • 37%
  • Cholesterol
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 16.8 g
  • 26%
  • Fiber
  • 15.4 g
  • 62%
  • Protein
  • 35 g
  • 70%
  • Sodium
  • 426 mg
  • 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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