Dinner/Mains

March 24, 2022

Pasta & White Beans with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Pasta & White Beans with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce relies on pantry ingredients to pull together a meal packed with delicious flavor and textures. 

If you have never topped your pasta with toasted breadcrumbs, this is your sign to give it a try. I love texture, and crisp, crunchy, golden toasted breadcrumbs take even the most simple weeknight pasta dish over the top. I like panko breadcrumbs for extra crispiness, and I like to season them with Italian seasoning and garlic powder. It’s kind of like getting the crispy toasted topping of a casserole in way less time!

I first posted this Roasted Red Pepper Sauce a year ago. When late winter/early spring rolls around, and there’s not a lot of fresh produce to be had locally, I turn to my pantry. The Roasted Red Pepper Sauce uses jarred roasted red peppers and handful of other ingredients that I keep on hand regularly to add quick flavor to meals, like sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, and red wine vinegar. 

Use your favorite short-cut pasta here - whatever is in the pantry. Or use a long noodle like fettuccine or spaghetti - it’s all good! Tender pasta, with creamy cannellini beans, coated in this rich, tangy sauce and finished with golden crispy breadcrumbs - this is a weeknight meal that has comfort written all over it. 

Ingredients assembled for Pasta & White Beans with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Assemble your ingredients.

Before and after toasting the breadcrumbs
While the pasta water is coming to a boil, toast the breadcrumbs until golden.

Cooked pasta, cannellini beans, and Roasted Red Pepper Sauce in the pot ready to stir together
After the pasta is cooked, reserve 1 cup of the cooking water before draining. Combine drained, hot pasta with the cannelini beans and Roasted Red Pepper Sauce. Stir to coat the pasta and beans evenly, using some of the reserved pasta water to thin out the sauce as needed.

Pasta & White Beans with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce in a white bowl with a glass of red wine in the background
Serve the pasta immediately, piled into bowls.

Pasta & White Beans with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce in a white bowl with toasted breadcrumbs on top and garnished with a sprig of parsley
Top each serving generously with toasted breadcrumbs.

Two bowls of Pasta & White Beans with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce and a glass of red wine
Enjoy!

Pasta & White Beans with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Pasta & White Beans with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce relies on pantry ingredients to pull together a meal packed with delicious flavor and textures.

Author:

Kira Freed - The Joyful Plateful

Prep:

20

min

cook:

10

min

total:

30

min

Ingredients

1 batch Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

1 pound pasta of your choice ( recommend a short cut such as farfalle or fusilli) 

14 oz. can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

3/4 cup plain panko breadcrumbs

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Start by making the Roasted Red Pepper Sauce. Set the sauce aside while you prepare the pasta. 
  2. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Before draining, reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking water. 
  3. While the water is coming to a boil for the pasta and the pasta cooks, toast the breadcrumbs for topping. In a medium bowl, stir together panko breadcrumbs, olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt, and garlic powder until the breadcrumbs are evenly moistened by the oil. 
  4. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the breadcrumbs mixture and toast, stirring frequently, until the breadcrumbs are golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside. 
  5. After the pasta is cooked and drained, add the cannellini beans to the hot pasta, followed by the Roasted Red Pepper Sauce. Stir to coat the pasta and beans evenly in the sauce, using some of the reserved pasta cooking water to help thin the sauce as needed. 
  6. Serve the pasta immediately, piled into bowls and topped generously with the toasted breadcrumbs. 
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May 24, 2022
Elizabeth
I don't normally comment on recipes but this has got to be the best thing I've ever made. It came together pretty easy and made five meals - perfect for meal prep for the week. I already can't wait to make it again.
January 22, 2022
Sherry Ruiter
I love this section!!!!!