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White beans, bow ties and basil

The pasta for this dish can be cooked, drained, rinsed well with cold water, lightly tossed with a little oil and refrigerated up to three days before assembling.

Salt, to taste


1 (16-ounce) box bow ties or farfalle

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 medium Spanish onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 (15-ounce) can white beans (cannellini beans), drained and rinsed

1 / 2 cup chopped fresh basil

Juice of 1 lemon

1 / 4 teaspoon crushed dried red pepper flakes

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions until al dente. Drain pasta and set aside.

Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.

Add onions and garlic and saute 3 minutes until softened. Add drained pasta and combine. Add beans, basil, lemon juice and crushed red pepper flakes; stir well. Season with salt and serve.

Per serving: 362 calories, 10 percent calories from fat, 4 g total fat, .6 g saturated fat, no cholesterol, 69 g carbohydrates, 6 g total fiber, 5 g total sugars, 63 g net carbs, 14 g protein.

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