Pork and Beans Pasta

Quick and easy weeknight pasta meals are life around here. If I’m ever stuck on what to make, I can always manage to whip something up with a box of pasta and things I have in the pantry and freezer. If I can get it on the table in 30 minutes, so much the better! That was exactly the case with this amazing pork and beans pasta. It was so simple, so flavorful and oh yes, it was on the table in 30 minutes!

First, I browned up lots of ground sweet Italian sausage in olive oil. It took about 5 minutes to get it cooked through completely before I removed it from the pan.
After the sausage, lots of sweet roasted garlic, white beans and red wine went in to get to know each other. It was built on top of the yummy flavor left behind by the sausage to make quite the base for the sauce!
After that all cooked together for just a couple of minutes, I added the sausage back in along with two cans of diced tomatoes, lots of parmesan cheese and seasoning. That all simmered for 10 minutes to really develop flavor.
While it simmered, I boiled a pound of mezzi rigatoni. When it was almost done, I scooped a bit of the cooking water into the sauce just to give it that extra starchy, salty goodness. It’s the oldest, Italian trick in the pasta cooking book. Then I just tossed in the drained pasta and dinner was served!

There is a reason that pork and beans is a classic combination. The flavors here just worked so well and I loved the Italian spin on it. The beans gave it an extra hearty, almost creamy quality. Marc went nuts for it too since he adores pork and beans. So I got some wifey brownie points too, ha! Hope you all love it too. xoxo

Pork and Beans Pasta
Pork and Beans Pasta
5 from 3 votes
Pork and Beans Pasta
Pork and Beans Pasta
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
 

This pork and beans pasta is such a fun and delicious Italian twist on the classic combination of pork and beans. Best of all it is done in 30 minutes!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pasta Dishes, Pork and Beans Pasta
Servings: 6
Calories: 681 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu’s Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 1 dash olive oil
  • 1 pound ground sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 6 cloves roasted garlic *see note to make this ahead easily
  • 1 can white beans 15 ounces, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes 28 ounces each
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 2 pinches crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese plus additional for sprinkling on top
  • 1 pound mezzi rigatoni pasta or any short, ridged pasta to really catch the sauce. Don't use spaghetti, fettuccine or linguine.
Instructions
  1. First, get a large pot of water on to boil for the pasta. Then get out a large, deep skillet and heat the olive oil in it over medium high heat. Brown the sausage in it until cooked through completely. Remove it to a plate. Add the butter to the pan and then toss the roasted garlic with it for a minute. Pour in the beans and red wine, using the spoon to scrape up any brown bits at the bottom of the pan as the wine deglazes it. Let the beans, garlic and wine cook together for a couple of minutes before you add the sausage back in, along with the two cans of diced tomatoes and parmesan. Season it all generously with the salt and crushed red pepper and give it a good stir.

  2. Let the sauce simmer for 10 minutes. While it simmers, boil the pasta until tender for about 8-10 minutes. Reserve a 1/4 cup of the starchy, salty cooking water when it is almost done and pour it into the sauce. Drain the pasta and toss it into the big pan of sauce so that it absorbs some of the sauce as it bubbles together. Take it off the heat after a minute and serve immediately with extra parmesan on top! Enjoy!!

Recipe Notes

*To roast garlic, cut the top off to reveal the tops of the cloves. Drizzle the top with olive oil  and a sprinkle of salt, then wrap it in foil. Roast it in a 350 oven for an hour, then refrigerate it and use it as needed! It keeps for a long time.

Nutrition Facts
Pork and Beans Pasta
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 681 Calories from Fat 203
% Daily Value*
Fat 22.5g35%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 67mg22%
Sodium 1229mg53%
Potassium 346mg10%
Carbohydrates 83.2g28%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 10.2g11%
Protein 33.2g66%
Calcium 160mg16%
Iron 7.2mg40%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
This pork and beans pasta is such a fun and delicious Italian twist on the classic combination of pork and beans. Best of all it is done in 30 minutes! #pasta #dinner #pork #beans #porkandbeanspasta #jeanieandluluskitchen

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