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Tomato Green Bean Pasta

This salad comes together for a great week night dinner. I usually grill up meat and pair it with this wonderful salad. It also makes a great light lunch with a side of fruit and yogurt. I like to add additional vegetables such as peppers and carrots. I especially like this recipe with black olives. 

Stove Top

If you have zero ingredients then this recipe will cost about $16.27 as of September 2022. 

  • If you have a stocked pantry this recipe will cost about $10.41.

I do not include salt and pepper in the cost of this recipe. 

Recipe serves: 8

Serving size: 1 cup

Equipment needed: 1 pot

Total time: 30 mintues


I’ve used these Tupperware bowls for years and LOVE them. I’m not sure why they are not rated that high on Amazon but they are the perfect size and the lid fits super snug so I feel comfortable traveling with my favorite pot luck dishes in the car. 

Let's grocery shop!

I do not include salt and pepper because I assume it is already in your pantry. There is a savings of about $5.86 if you have a stocked pantry.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $5.86 as of September 2022

  • balsamic vinegar $2.98
  • olive oil $2.88


Total: $10.41 as of September 2022

  • garlic bulb $0.54
  • 1 box bow tie pasta $0.92
  • 1/2 pound green beans $0.89
  • 1.5 pounds tomatoes $2.22
  • 1 bunch green onion $0.88
  • fresh basil $2.08
  • feta cheese $2.88

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Place a large pot of water on to boil
  2. Cook 5 cups bow tie pasta to package directions
    • In the last 5 minutes add green beans
  3. Drain in a strainer with cold water until pasta is cooled. 
  4. Add the pasta and green beans to the bowl and stir well. 
  5. Add cheese separately to each serving. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Extreme Menu 2 – Family of 4

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