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Tomato Green Bean Pasta

Tomato Green Bean Pasta is a wonderful side when the garden or farmers market is plentiful. The fresh herbs and balsamic are perfectly paired.

Tomato Green Bean Pasta salad comes together for a great week night dinner. It also makes a great light lunch with a side of fruit and yogurt. I usually grill up meat and pair it with this wonderful side. 

I like to add additional vegetables such as peppers and carrots. I especially like this recipe with olives. A lot of other vegetables work in this side such as asparagus, zucchini, yellow squash, broccoli, peppers, etc. This side is wonderful with boiled, grilled, roasted or raw vegetables.

Cost Per Serving $2.03 as of September 2022

If you have zero ingredients then this recipe will cost about $16.27.

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

  • Cost per serving reduces to $1.30.

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

Stove Top

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

This recipe can also be found in Weekly Dinners for 4 under $70 – Menu 2

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