Red Bean & Vegetable Rigatoni

Red Bean & Vegetable Rigatoni

Here's an Italian-flavored pasta dish that's livened up with red beans and vegetables.

25 min.prep time 25 min.total time
6 servings
2 Ratings

Ingredients

4 ounces uncooked dried rigatoni*
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves**
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic
2 cups broccoli florets
1 medium (1 cup) red bell pepper, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1 (15-ounce) can red or black beans, rinsed, drained
1 (11-ounce) can whole kernel corn with green and red peppers, drained
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired

Directions

Cook rigatoni according to package directions. Drain. Toss pasta with 1 tablespoon Butter with Olive Oil and 1 tablespoon basil. Keep warm.

Meanwhile, melt remaining butter in 12-inch skillet until sizzling; add green onions and garlic. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 1-2 minutes or until onions are softened.

Add broccoli and bell pepper. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, 3-4 minutes or until peppers are crisply tender. Add remaining basil and all remaining ingredients except Parmesan cheese. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, 2-3 minutes or until heated through.

Toss together hot vegetable mixture and hot cooked rigatoni; sprinkle with shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired.

*Substitute 4 ounces of your favorite uncooked dried pasta.

**Substitute 2 teaspoons dried basil leaves.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 250

Fat: 9g

Cholesterol: 15mg

Sodium: 790mg

Carbohydrates: 36g

Dietary Fiber: 7g

Protein: 9g

Recipe #11806©2001Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

The vegetables in this recipe are what originally attracted me to it and the combination did not fail. My only critique was that even though I *love* butter, I didn't feel like it added to the overall flavor as much as I had hoped. As another reviewer stated, it was a little bland. I ended up adding additional salt and pepper, but I'm wondering if there's an addition that can provide a bit more flavor without detracting from the taste of the fresh veggies. Perhaps next time I'll add some lemon juice and see how that goes. Definitely a recipe to make again!
This was so good it has become a regular star on our dinner table. My kids love this. It was a little bland for our tastes so I added Frank's Hot Sauce, chili powder and cumin. Sometimes I will substitute frozen peas for the frozen broccoli.

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