Pasta White Bean Bake

You know when you're starving, you want something hot and hearty, but you feel like there is absolutely nothing to eat in your kitchen?

I get that a lot. Luckily, I always have pasta. And beans. And usually at least one variety of frozen veggie.

While I cooked a cup of whole wheat shells in some chicken broth, I steamed some frozen green beans over a saucepan of water. I strained the green beans and about 4 ounces of white cannelini beans and plopped them into a ramekin.

Isn't this silicone steaming basket fun?

Anyway, I digress. Once the pasta cooked, I drained it and tossed it with 1/2 tablespoon of butter, salt, pepper, dried basil, and a little garlic powder. Then I mixed the pasta in with the beans (green and white) and topped it with a tablespoon of freshly grated parmesan.

Into the oven for about 8 minutes on 350, and then under the broiler for about 2 minutes to finish it off.

Whole wheat pasta for starch, white beans for protein, green beans for your veggie, and a little cheese and butter for delicious.