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Lemon Basil White Bean Pasta

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Lemon Basil White Bean Pasta is a light pasta dish mixing your favorite pasta, white beans, lemon juice, fresh basil and Parmesan cheese. This pasta dish uses minimal ingredients making it a very easy weeknight dish. To make this a healthier dish try whole wheat pasta, lentil or chickpea pasta. 

Lemon Basil Pasta in a white bowl.       

 

LEMON BASIL WHITE BEAN PASTA 

With citrus in season and delicious this time of year you need to try this light and delicious Lemon Basil White Bean Pasta.

This pasta is perfect for a quick weeknight meal and makes great leftovers too.

The cannellini beans add protein to this dish. You can sub them for other beans like kidney beans or chickpeas. 

This recipe mixes pasta, extra virgin olive oil, white beans, fresh basil, garlic, dried oregano, crushed red pepper {optional}, fresh lemon juice and lemon zest.

You will love the light, citrusy flavor that the lemon brings into the dish mixed with the extra virgin olive oil and garlic. It is such an easy recipe and one your family is going to love. 

In the warmer months I like to make this into a pasta salad and serve it cold for a bbq or summer get together.

You could also make this as a meal-prep option and use it as a salad for lunches during the week. 

The nice thing about this recipe is that these ingredients are often already in our kitchens or gardens. For a healthier dish try a whole wheat, chickpea or lentil pasta. If you don’t have basil on hand you can use parsley or dill in its place or you can use dried basil.

Fresh herbs are always the best option but when you are in a pinch you can always sub for dried. 

You know my love for lemon and I use it in so many recipes. Some of my favorites are this Lemon Hummus, Lemon Lentil Soup Recipe, Lemon Whipped Feta, Lemon Marinade for Chicken, Lemon Pasta and this Greek Lemon Chicken

Lemon Basil Pasta ingredients.

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THIS LEMON PASTA?

PASTA

EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

GARLIC

OREGANO

CRUSHED RED PEPPER

FRESH BASIL

LEMON, JUICED AND ZESTED

CANNELINI BEANS

PARMESAN CHEESE

Lemon Basil Pasta in a skillet with a white spoon.

HOW DO YOU MAKE LEMON BASIL WHITE BEAN PASTA

This pasta dish couldn’t be easier to make! If you need a quick, weeknight meal this one is for you. 

Start by boiling the pasta according to the package. Once the pasta is done cooking save 1/2 cup of pasta water and drain the pasta and set aside.

In a large skillet heat 2 tbsp. olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté for 2 minutes.

Add the dried oregano, crushred red pepper and sauté for another minute.

Add the pasta, white beans, remaining olive oil, lemon juice and lemon zest and mix well. Add the reserved pasta in small amounts until you reach the desired consistency for the lemon sauce mixing continuously.

Garnish the pasta with Parmesan cheese {optional}, fresh parsley and basil.

Lemon Basil Pasta with basil and lemon.

WAYS TO MODIFY THIS LEMON BASIL PASTA DISH

BEANS: I used white beans in this pasta dish but feel free to sub in chickpeas, kidney beans, black beans or pinto beans. 

CHEESE: There are a variety of cheese options that would be nice in this dish if you want to use cheese. Try feta, goat cheese or mozzarella. 

VEGETABLES: If you want to add vegetables you can sauté them with the garlic. You could use bell pepper, carrot, celery, zucchini, broccoli, green beans or eggplant. 

SPICES: Spices are a great way to take this pasta to the next level. Some that are nice in this dish are Italian seasoning, paprika, cayenne red pepper or za’atar. 

HERBS: Fresh herbs are always nice in this dish like fresh dill, parsley or mint. 

Lemon Basil Pasta with basil and white beans.

OTHER PASTA RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE: 

CHICKPEA PASTA RECIPE WITH FETA

SPICY SAUSAGE PASTA

CREAMY SUN DRIED TOMATO PASTA RECIPE

INSTANT POT TURKEY TACO PASTA

ITALIAN SAUSAGE BAKE 

MEDITERRANEAN PASTA 

ONE SKILLET CHEESY HAMBURGER PASTA

Lemon Basil White Bean Pasta with logo.

Lemon Basil Pasta in a white bowl.

Lemon Basil Pasta

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

Lemon Basil White Bean Pasta is a light pasta dish mixing your favorite pasta, white beans, lemon juice, fresh basil and Parmesan cheese. This pasta dish uses minimal ingredients making it a very easy weeknight dish. To make this a healthier dish try whole wheat pasta, lentil or chickpea pasta. 

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. medium sized pasta {try whole wheat, lentil or chickpea pasta for a healthier option}
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper {optional}
  • 1 cup of fresh basil, finely shredded plus more for garnish
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 1 - 15 oz. can Cannelini Beans {or try chickpeas or kidney beans}, drained and rinsed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese for garnish
  • Additional fresh basil for garnish
  • Fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Boil the pasta according to the package. Once the pasta is done cooking save 1/2 cup of pasta water and drain the pasta and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet heat 2 tbsp. olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the dried oregano, crushred red pepper and sauté for another minute.
  4. Add the pasta, white beans, remaining olive oil, lemon juice and lemon zest and mix well. Add the reserved pasta in small amounts until you reach the desired consistency for the lemon sauce mixing continuously.
  5. Garnish the pasta with Parmesan cheese {optional}, fresh parsley and basil.

Notes

You can sub in chickpeas or kidney beans for the white beans.

Try adding a green like arugula, spinach or kale. Add it at the end of and stir until the greens are wilted.

You can sub the basil for dill or parsley if you need to.

Today’s post is sponsored by Heinen’s. As always, opinions are 100% my own. 

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