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Skillet Pasta with Vegetables on a white plate.
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5 from 2 votes

20-Minute Skillet Pasta

Healthy vegetarian pasta dinner idea for busy weeknights. Packed with vegetable and delicious! 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: skillet pasta
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 392kcal
Author: Anna


  • 6 oz penne pasta about 1/2 box
  • 2 cloves of garlic grated or minced
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 9 oz sweet cherry tomatoes all cut in half
  • 15 oz can Great Northern Beans drained and rinsed well,
  • 2.5 cups fresh spinach torn if desired
  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Parmesan cheese optional garnish
  • Crushed red pepper flakes optional garnish


  • Cook pasta according to instructions on the box. Rinse with warm water, set aside and keep warm.
  • In a measuring cup, mix together half and half, cornstarch and Italian seasoning. Set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, heat up olive oil. Add garlic and sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes and spinach and sauté, stirring often, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add beans, salt, pepper and half and half mixture. Stir well. Cook for 2 minutes, until the mixture thickens up.
  • Add cooked pasta and stir in gently. Remove from heat.
  • Serve garnished with Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes.


  1. Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.
  2. You can use any bite-size pasta for this dish.


Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 338mg | Potassium: 770mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2230IU | Vitamin C: 22.1mg | Calcium: 149mg | Iron: 3.3mg