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Penne with Chard, Tomatoes, and White Beans

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Quick Facts

Servings: 6
This quick sauce packs a nutritional punch. The chard, tomatoes and beans all are high in healthful phytochemicals.


  • 1 lb penne pasta, uncooked
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup prepared or homemade marinara sauce
  • 2 cups canned tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 cups chard, coarsely chopped
  • 15 oz canned white beans (cannelini, navy or white kidney beans), rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine, optional
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese*


  • Boil water for pasta and cook pasta for about 10 minutes, until done.
  • Heat oil in a large saucepan. Add onion and garlic and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until onions are just starting to turn brown. Pour in marinara sauce and canned tomatoes and stir to combine. Add chard, white beans, wine (if desired), and pepper.
  • Drain pasta and place in a bowl. Pour sauce over pasta and top with Parmesan cheese.

* Allergy notes: The egg protein lysozyme is an unlabeled additive in some cheeses. People allergic to eggs should eliminate any cheese in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 487
  Calories from Fat 54 (11%)
(9%)Total Fat 6g
(10%)Saturated Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
(2%)Cholesterol 7mg
(21%)Sodium 513mg
(22%)Potassium 775mg
Total Carbohydrate 83g
(36%)Dietary Fiber 9g
Sugars 5g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(43%)Protein 21g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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