Pasta with White Beans and Broccoli

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on November 11, 2009

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A big thanks to Justine for sharing this recipe with me! I tossed in some diced ham I had in the freezer.

Easy. Quick. Delicious!

And by quick.  I mean less than 15 minutes quick!  Just get the pasta boiling and work on the rest while the pasta is cooking.  15 minutes.  That’s it!!!!

This would be fantastic with leftover holiday ham! If you’re planning/thinking that far ahead!!!

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Pasta with Ham, White Beans and Broccoli

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bow-tie pasta, but I used fusili because it’s what I had! ($.50) Bought recently with $1/2 coupon on sale for $1
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil ($.05)
  • 1 bunch broccoli (about 1 lb) florets ($.76)
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic ($.05)
  • 2 cups chicken broth (free if homemade!) **See my note below
  • 2 cups cooked, diced ham ($1.50) **This was not in the original recipe!
  • 1 15 oz. can of cannellini or white beans, rinsed ($.79)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice ($.05)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese ($.25)
  • 16 oz. bag of frozen corn ($.88) On sale this week!

**I used water instead of broth because I used ham. I figured the ham would give the water some flavor and didn’t want the chicken and ham flavors to clash! If you want a vegetarian version, then use vegetable broth and omit the ham.

Directions

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil. Add pasta and cook according to package direction.
  • While pasta cooks, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet.
  • Add broccoli and garlic; stir over medium heat 3 to 4 minutes until broccoli is bright green. Add broth (or water) and cook 2 to 3 minutes until broccoli is crisp tender.
  • Stir in diced ham, beans and lemon juice.
  • Drain pasta and put into a warmed large serving bowl. Add broccoli mixture; sprinkle with cheese. Toss to mix well.
  • Cook frozen corn as indicated on package instructions.
  • Serve Pasta with Ham, White Beans & Broccoli and Corn.

**I only sprinkled the cheese into Steve and mine’s bowls. Easy to keep this meal dairy-free by omitting the cheese!

Cost $4.83

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Annie April 28, 2011 at 6:46 pm

I love this recipe! Used it tonight to finish up our Easter ham. I used a little less water and added a canister of the Philadelphia cooking cream cheese in the garlic flavor and it turned out great. I got it on sale at Kroger and with the coupon, I think it only cost me about 10 cents, so that would still put it under $5! Thank you for all you do! I reference you more than any other cooking site.

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