Friends & Family Friday: “Faster than Fast Food” Linguine Fini

Now this is fast food!

Recipe: Linguine with Tomato, Spinach, White Beans & Garlic

Friends & Family Friday: “Faster than Fast Food” Linguine Fini

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Recipe by Renata (Renee Gough) Course: Recipes


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  • 1 pound De Cecco linguine or similar

  • 1 package fresh organic spinach

  • 1 can drained, rinsed white beans of choice ( great northern, cannellini beans)

  • 5-6 Campari tomatoes (or any other tomatoes-cherry, heirloom, whatever)

  • 4-5 tsp Olive Oil (+/-)

  • 1 tsp sea salt for sauce (for boiling pasta always use LOADS of salt in boiling water before dropping pasta; about 1/4 cup, or a 3 count from the big container)

  • Any Parmesan cheese to grate on pasta at end if desired.


The best part of plant-based cooking is how FAST it can cook. This recipe is the perfect way to have your home-cooked meal and convenience too. The whole thing will be ready in less time than it takes to decide who wants what on their pizza.

The key to making pasta dishes quickly is to put your water on as soon as you get home, and choosing a pasta that doesn’t take very long to boil, such as this De Cecco Linguine Fini. This linguine is thin enough to cook quickly, but heavy enough to hold up nicely to plump and heavy cannellini bean and the wilted spinach as it drapes itself over each strand.

This is a great dish for the Lenten season when family or friends may be skipping meat on Fridays. As always, you can easily roast some nice fish on the side for anyone who wants something in addition to plants, and a simple roasted Sea Bass would be a hands-free dish as you make this pasta on the stove. Roast-it-With-Renata at 375F while you cook your pasta.

I am Presbyterian, and don’t generally give up certain foods for Lent, but I do try to explore as much as possible with my sister who is Catholic. I asked my sister, Lisa, what she would consider not eating “meat” on Fridays during Lent. Lisa said she happened to look it up recently and was surprised to learn what Catholics consider on the “okay” list of foods which are considered “not meat”. Here they are!

My Sister Lisa’s List of “No-Meat Items for Catholics on Fridays in Lent”

  • Chicken Broth
  • Beef Broth
  • Pork Broth
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Coldblooded amphibians such as snakes, frogs & turtles!

I can’t ever imagine a time in my life where I would ever eat a snake or a turtle. The best part of learning these foods that people prefer, is to simply understand what they are all about.

Enjoy this weekend with your friends and family, figuring out what they are eating, discovering, and learning during this pensive season. Even if you don’t adapt to their recipe for success, you will learn a lot about their belief system!


Making food is a wonderful way to spend a Friday night.

Chrissy Teigen
Recipe: Simply Roasted Seabass



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