Pasta with Greens, Beans, and Chicken


Pasta with Greens, Beans, and Chicken

Pasta with Greens, Beans, and Chicken

Try this light pasta dish with chicken or chicken sausage. Be sure to save the leftovers for lunch!


  • 1 package pasta, whole wheat (16 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups cooked chicken cubes (or 3 chicken sausages, chopped)
  • 6 cups spinach, chopped (or 1 bunch Swiss chard)
  • 1 can navy beans, rinsed and drained (15.5 ounces; can also use great Northern or cannellini beans)
  • 2 cups chicken broth, low-sodium (or vegetable broth)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper (optional, to taste)
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated (optional)


  1. Cook the pasta according to directions on the box and drain when done.
  2. Put the vegetable oil and onion in a large pan and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  4. Stir in chopped chicken and cook until heated through.
  5. Add spinach (or chard), beans, chicken or vegetable stock, and spices.
  6. Add in cooked pasta and stir to combine.
  7. Cook for 5 minutes, until pasta is heated through.
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste (optional), and sprinkle on Parmesan cheese before serving (optional).



Prep and cook time: 

Cook time 20 min.

Nutritional Information: 

Amount per serving: Carbohydrate: 70g, Fat: 6g, Protein: 33g, Dietary fiber: 10g

Recipe credit: 

University of Maryland Extension