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Tomato, Spinach and Butter Beans

The butter beans are very filling and fantastic in this pasta dish.

If you are looking for a fast and filling vegetarian dish then look no further than this recipe. Butter beans are large and nutrient packed. Our homemade garlic parmesan bread pairs well with this dish. I originally found this recipe in my Taste of Home Cookbook but you can also find it online.

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If you have zero ingredients then this recipe will cost about $14.40 as of October 2022.

  • If you have a stocked pantry this dish will cost about $9.74.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.

Recipe serves: 4

Serving Size: About 1 1/4 cup tomato mixture and 2 oz pasta

Equipment needed: 1 pot for pasta and 1 sauté pan

Total time: 20 minutes


Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices. If you have a stocked pantry you will save $3.88.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $3.88 as of October 2022

  • Italian seasoning $1.00
  • olive oil $2.88


Total: $10.52 as of October 2022

  • 1 onion $0.78
  • 1 bulb garlic $0.54
  • 1 can diced tomatoes 28 oz $1.36
  • 1 can butter beans $1.16
  • 6 oz fresh spinach $2.98
  • 1 box medium shell pasta 16 oz $0.92
  • 1 tub grated parmesan cheese $2.78

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Bring pot of water to boil. Cook 8 oz pasta to package directions. 
  2. In a sauté pan heat oil over medium heat then add onion for 4 – 5 minutes until tender.
  3. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. 
  4. Add:
    • Butter beans
    • Tomatoes
    • 6 cups of spinach (6 oz)
    • 1/2 teaspoon italian seasoning
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  5. Cook 2 – 4 minutes until spinach is wilted.
  6. Serve tomato bean mixture over pasta with grated parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Extreme Menu 3 – Family of 2

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