Beans and Greens

Beans and Greens
Servings: 6 Prep 15 mins Cook 16 mins


  • 1 12 ounce box Ronzoni Smart Taste penne pasta
  • 8 ounces bacon (10 slices), cut crosswise in pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 heads (1 lb each) escarole, trimmed, washed, dried and chopped
  • 1 15 1/2 ounce can great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan

Make It

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions, about 10 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta water.

2. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large lidded skillet over medium-high heat for 8 to 9 minutes until crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and reserve 3 tbsp of the drippings in the pan.

3. Set drippings over medium heat and add garlic. Cook 1 minute. Add escarole and cook, stirring occasionally, partially covered, for 5 minutes. Uncover and stir in beans, bacon, salt and pepper. Heat through, adding reserved pasta water if dry.

4. Place pasta on a platter and add escarole mixture. Top with Parmesan.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 6; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 410, Fat, total (g): 13, chol. (mg): 18, sat. fat (g): 4, carb. (g): 64, fiber (g): 15, pro. (g): 18, sodium (mg): 506, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.