Quick and Healthy

Cannellini beans are my current obsession. I love how creamy they are; they TASTE fattening and rich but are very low in fat, high in fiber and protein and mineral-rich. They are the perfect addition to or base for many fall recipes.

With Whole Grains Month on the brain, I started out with a base of whole wheat pasta and built a delicious, simple sauce that was ready in less than half an hour.


2 cups chopped tomatoes, the last of my heirlooms

1 small red onion, chopped

1 whole head of garlic, smashed and diced into tiny pieces

tomatoes, onions, garlic

1 cup sweet garlic red peppers

sweet roasted peppers

1 can Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

1 box whole grain rotini (makes enough for at least 3 leftover servings, perfect for lunch!)

25 medium shrimp, cleaned

4 cups baby spinach

whole grain pasta

I started by simmering the red onion in olive oil on low for about 5 minutes to make sure that it was cooked through before adding the garlic, tomatoes, peppers, and shrimp. When the shrimp was pink on one side, I flipped them and then added the Cannellini beans to the mix

shrimp and tomatoes

Everything simmered together for a few minutes, and I tossed in some crushed red pepper, garlic powder, and black pepper. Then I added in the spinach and just let it sit on top of everything to wilt ever so slightly. When the shrimp were cooked through, I took a scoop of pasta and a heaping ladle-full of shrimp and sauce and mixed them together in a bowl.

pasta and shrimp

SO GOOD! All of the flavors melded together, the sauce thickened a little bit, and the pasta had a nice bite to it but quickly soaked up the remainder of the sauce.  This meal was so warm and hearty and so tasty, the perfect thing for a dark and rainy night. I will be making it again.

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  1. brandi’s avatar

    I LOVE cannellini beans. They’re so creamy! I have plans to make a bean dip/hummus type dish soon.


  2. Kristy’s avatar

    That looks amazing!!! I love cannellini beans, also! :)


  3. Enrico’s avatar


    did you make enough for the rest of us? the photos look amazing.



  4. Ellen from bottomlesskitchen.com’s avatar

    Great post, I love quick & healthy meals. Sometimes I just don’t have the energy to whip up a huge meal after a long day in the office!

    - Ellen


  5. Shannon’s avatar

    dont know why i dont’ have a few cans of canellini’s at home… i guess my default is chickpeas :) this looks fabulous!!


  6. ashleigh’s avatar

    That looks delicious Meghan! I love dishes w. veggies, beans and whole grains, so perfect!


  7. Michelle’s avatar

    This dinner looks simple and delicious! I love using canellini’s in soups and sometimes even to make a white bean puree.


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