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If You Have These 5 Ingredients, You Have Dinner Tonight

Here's a quick and easy family dinner recipe that calls for budget-friendly ingredients that are probably already in your pantry. Use any pasta on your shelf and add canned beans and green beans for protein. Your hungry family will thank you.


  • 8 oz multigrain bow-tie pasta
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 can (15 oz) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 lb green beans
  • 1/4 cup white wine or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 Tbsp grated Romano cheese


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta, stirring occasionally, until just tender, and drain.
  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat until hot. Add cannellini beans and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until the beans are just heated through, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, olives and pepper.
  • Stir gently to combine, and cook until tomatoes are heated through, about 5 minutes. Add green beans and cook for 5 minutes, or until heated through. Add white wine and basil and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Serve pasta topped with sauce and sprinkled with cheese. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1 cup

Calories: 410; Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 2mg; Sodium: 590mg; Carbohydrates: 67g; Fiber: 14g; Protein: 17g