Mediterranean Vegetable, White Bean & Feta Penne

Source: Clean Eating Magazine, February 2011

I really enjoyed this meal and how easy it was to make. Enjoy!

Serves: 4
Hands-on time: 7 minutes
Total time: 17 minutes

6 oz whole-grain penne pasta
1 cup cooked or BPA-free canned white beans (such as navy or cannellini), drained and rinsed well
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced, divided
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar (*I used 2 Tbsp, divided)
1 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 medium zucchini, cut into eighths lengthwise, then cut into 2-inch pieces
1 medium yellow squash, cut into 2-inch pieces (my addition)
1 medium green bell pepper, cut into thin strips, then cut into 2-inch pieces
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta

Cook penne according to package directions, adding beans during the last minute of cooking.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, 2 cloves garlic, vinegar, basil, pepper flakes and salt; set aside.

Heat 1 tsp oil in a large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat, tilting skillet to coat bottom lightly. Add zucchini and bell pepper and cook for 4 minutes or until edges begin to brown, stirring frequently. Add remaining 2 cloves garlic and cook for 15 seconds, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, stir in tomato mixture and drizzle with remaining 1 tbsp oil. Cover to keep warm.

Drain penne-bean mixture, place in a serving bowl, sprinkle evenly with rosemary and all but 1/4 cup feta (*and extra 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, if using). Spoon zucchini mixture over top and finish with remaining feta.

Nutrition Facts: 1 serving = 1.5 cups

Calories 353 Sodium 631 mg
Total Fat 12 g Potassium 0 mg
Saturated 0 g Total Carbs 44 g
Polyunsaturated 0 g Dietary Fiber 11 g
Monounsaturated 0 g Sugars 0 g
Trans 0 g Protein 18 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Vitamin A 0% Calcium 0%
Vitamin C 0% Iron 0%

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