Quick and hearty pasta and beans

Turn simple pantry staples into satisfying main dishes
Barbara Goldman

Dried pasta and canned beans are pantry partners without peer, ever-ready to pair up in hearty main dishes that satisfy in a hurry. The traditional Italian pasta e fagioli (pasta and beans) sets a fine standard. But when you consider the multitude of pasta shapes and the wide selection of canned beans available, the number of possible combinations is staggering. Both pasta and beans absorb liquid as they stand, so if dinner isn't served as promptly as you'd planned, you may need to add a little more broth to these lean, quick main dishes.

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