white bean and basil valentine’s day pasta

February 14, 2012

Oh hey — Happy Valentine’s Day!

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While thinking about the recipe I wanted to post for today, I figured out that I’m pretty much the lamest person in the world because I don’t do themed posts for holidays very frequently. What is wrong with me? Couldn’t I have put this pasta in a red bowl and called it a day? I didn’t dye anything red or pink — I didn’t stuff anything with ten pounds of chocolate. I didn’t even make anything heart shaped. I’m a Valentine’s Day scrooge. If you’d rather skip over this pasta all together, I beg you not to. In fact, go make these pancakes and then come back here so you can plan your dinner.

If you are celebrating Valentine’s Day today with your sweetie (or going solo this year — you go girl! [or boy!]), pasta is where it is at. I made pasta for the Husband last year on our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple — the dinner was good, the night was a disaster. I ended up crying because he was 30 minutes late from work, and I am a hormonal, scary mess of a woman. That poor man.

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Whenever I think about pasta, it always makes me feel like romance is in the air. Perhaps it’s because The Lady and the Tramp was my all time favorite movie as a youngster — because, really when you think about it, slurping pasta up and trying not to get it all over your outfit that you spent an hour trying to pick out earlier in the evening is not cool. Pasta is not in the least bit sexy.

Thankfully I’m married, and my husband thinks it’s cute when I spill on myself (uhhh, probably not — a girl can dream), so I’m all for pasta on Valentine’s Day.

Oh, and on a totally unrelated note, if you’re wondering if kids still do the whole Valentine’s thing at schools, they do. They make awesome Valentine’s Day boxes, bring them to school, and do the whole she-bang you remember as a child. I bet your teacher didn’t have a Valentine’s Day box though. I do — and I made the mail slot big enough so my students can fit full sized bars of dark chocolate into it. I wish I were joking, and that I didn’t really tell them that – but I did. I apparently have no shame.

Back the the pasta — gosh, I need to take a concentration cocktail today.

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This pasta is filled to the brim with amazingly delicious things. Like fresh basil. And don’t you even roll your eyes at me for buying $2.99 basil at Trader Joe’s. It is Valentine’s Day after all people — splurge a little. You’ll feel like you’re living on the edge.

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This dish also has slow roasted tomatoes, which have been chilling (literally) in my freezer since the summer when I had tomatoes coming out of my ears from my garden. If you don’t have time to slow roast tomatoes, just use a 15 oz. can of fire roasted diced tomatoes. Done and done. Oh — and white beans! Everyone has white beans, right? If not, use another kind of bean — because apparently I’m allowing you to change this entire dish based on what you have in your own pantry. Please make sure that you do not — I repeat DO NOT — skimp on the fresh garlic. I’ll even allow you to use the minced garlic that comes in the little jars, but the granulated stuff won’t work for this. I’m sorry, it will be ruined. **

**I’m lying, but the fresh garlic is delicious

Moral of the story? Make this for your Valentine this year — you won’t be disappointed.

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Go make your dinner.

{ 67 comments… read them below or add one }

Claire @ Live and Love to Eat February 14, 2012 at 6:11 am

This looks delicious! I agree that pasta is a “romantic
food. I made pink heart shaped chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast, but I think we’re going to do take out tonight. :)

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cleaneatingchelsey February 14, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Oh chocolate chip pancakes is a great way to celebrate!

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Katie @ Raisins&Apples February 14, 2012 at 6:15 am

oh those tomatoes want me to skip work and eat them all day!

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Khushboo February 14, 2012 at 6:24 am

Ohh this looks fantastic! Love how simple yet flavorful the ingredients are! I don’t have nutritional yeast on hand but I’m sure goat cheese will be just fine. And for what it’s worth, you know it’s true love when you don’t mind eating messy food in front of the guy!

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cleaneatingchelsey February 14, 2012 at 7:35 pm

I’m sure goat cheese would be fantastic in this dish!

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kathleen @ the daily crumb February 14, 2012 at 6:48 am

delicious! i love anything with basil :) happy valentine’s day, girl!

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cleaneatingchelsey February 14, 2012 at 7:36 pm

You too!

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Linz @ Itz Linz February 14, 2012 at 6:57 am

that looks delish! happy valentine’s day!

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Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 14, 2012 at 7:15 am

Have fun at school today! I loved valentine’s day when I was little, it was so much fun to decorate my box, and then go through it at the end of the day!

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cleaneatingchelsey February 14, 2012 at 7:36 pm

It was a lot of fun watching them – it’s the highlight of the day!

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brandi February 14, 2012 at 7:29 am

thanks for linking to my tomatoes! i only have 2 bags left and it’s making me anxious :)

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cleaneatingchelsey February 14, 2012 at 7:36 pm

No problem! They’re the best!

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes February 14, 2012 at 7:33 am

Pasta just rocks. This dish will be my Valentine today :D

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Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers February 14, 2012 at 7:40 am

I wish the hubs liked sundried tomatoes as much as I do. Yum!

I blame Lady and the Tramp for making pasta so darn romantic.

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Michelle @ Lipstick and Lunges February 14, 2012 at 7:51 am

Is it bad that I just ate breakfast and now I’m craving dinner? This recipe looks so good! My fiance and I love anything with basil. In fact, this summer we grew tomatoes and basil like weeds! Great dish, thanks for sharing :)
– Michelle

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cleaneatingchelsey February 14, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Of course that’s not bad!!

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Lindsay @ Running the Windy City February 14, 2012 at 8:22 am

This looks fabulous! I’m so glad you posted this recipe instead of a Valentine’s themed one, I want to make this ASAP.

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cleaneatingchelsey February 14, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Do it! :)

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Faith @ For the Health of It February 14, 2012 at 8:41 am

From one hormonal, crybaby lunatic to the next…thank God our men have more patience than most! I always feel so bad for making a fuss over little, random things…but they seem SO BIG AND SO IMPORTANT in the moment! Ahhh!

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cleaneatingchelsey February 14, 2012 at 7:37 pm

They are SO big and so important! Until we come to our senses of course. haha!

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen February 14, 2012 at 8:56 am

Ok, I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who gets worked up when my husband is late getting home (and DOESN’T CALL!) and I’ve already coordinated dinner around his usual arrival time. Although I usually go straight towards anger rather than tears in that situation and then we eat in silence.

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cleaneatingchelsey February 14, 2012 at 7:38 pm

haha I’m glad I’M not the only one – I was starting to think I was a freak. I’ve gotten over that thought and now I just start to eat if he’s not home on time. I refuse to eat cold food.

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christina February 14, 2012 at 9:17 am

YUM. Seriously YUM. love those cute bowls. HAPPY VDAY!

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AikoVenus February 14, 2012 at 9:24 am

This looks so beautiful and delicious – I always have this except normally I use chickpeas in place of regular white beans and spinach or kale in place of basil, yum! ^^

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cleaneatingchelsey February 14, 2012 at 7:38 pm

That sounds great!

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Stefanie @TheNewHealthy February 14, 2012 at 9:43 am

That seriously looks delicious. I’ll take that over cupcakes any day. :)

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Anna @ On Anna's Plate February 14, 2012 at 9:43 am

Yum– looks perfect!! And I think it’s totally okay to ask your kids for full-size chocolate bars for Valentine’s Day :-)

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Kate (Bread & Chocolate) February 14, 2012 at 9:52 am

After a savory dinner, you’ve gotta have dessert! How about goji berry & cacao truffles? Sounds fancy, but they’re simple to make.

http://bread-n-chocolate.blogspot.com/2012/02/love-bites.html

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cleaneatingchelsey February 14, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Sounds DELISH!

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Katie February 14, 2012 at 10:23 am

Basil and slow roasted tomatoes? I’ve found my valentine.

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cleaneatingchelsey February 14, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Me or the pasta?

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Jasper @ crunchylittlebites February 14, 2012 at 10:33 am

love your crate and barrel bowls :D and sundried tomatoes!? yum!

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Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather February 14, 2012 at 10:38 am

I’m lame about valentines day too… Didn’t even think to mention it in my post this morning… Whoops!

This looks amazing girl, pasta is so comforting. Hope you get a lot of chocolate bars today :)

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cleaneatingchelsey February 14, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I did! :)

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 14, 2012 at 10:39 am

This counts as Valentine’s Day food because there’s red in it :) That’s my theory. Looks delish!

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Emily (Edible Psychology) February 14, 2012 at 10:56 am

Isn’t it funny?! I think pasta is romantic too, even though it clearly has its hazards.

I hope your Valentine’s Day is far better this year than last – and I hope you received those bars of dark chocolate you hoped for. :-)

~Emily~

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cleaneatingchelsey February 14, 2012 at 7:39 pm

haha don’t get me wrong, my Valentine’s day last year was just fine after I got over myself.

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Lindsay @ Lindsay's List February 14, 2012 at 11:19 am

I used the same phrase in my post today – “Valentine’s Scrooge” …just can’t get into it!

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cleaneatingchelsey February 14, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Our valentine’s day night is being spent by me watching the husband paint our bay window. How romantic.

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Kerry @ Totes My Oats February 14, 2012 at 11:40 am

Anything with pasta and roasted tomatoes: count me in!

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Lindsay@Fuel My Family February 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Quick pasta dishes like this are my favorite! Pasta is the best comfort food!

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Amber K February 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Okay yum, this looks delicious!

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Bridget February 14, 2012 at 1:59 pm

This looks really good! I’ll have to make this. I spent $5.99 on basil ! it was a big box though. I need a garden asap! Thanks for sharing this

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Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola February 14, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Omg please share a picture of your Valentine box that is hopefully (after today) stuffed with chocolate. Or maybe the husband will buy some chocolate to put in there for you… either scenario works, as long as there is chocolate! And this pasta looks fantastic! And I actually have all the ingredients at home– must make this soon!

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cleaneatingchelsey February 14, 2012 at 7:42 pm

I didn’t see this until I got home or else I would have!

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Jen February 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm

This looks fabulous! I love that kids still make the Valentines envelopes. Good call on making yours big enough to fit full size chocolate bars.

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janae@hungryrunnergirl February 14, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Girl, that looks incredible like usual!! I had a similar Valentines Day where I ended up being a crying hormonal mess….how do they deal with us. I hope you are having a fun day at school…holidays at school are always the best:)

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cleaneatingchelsey February 14, 2012 at 7:43 pm

They love us and we make them food.

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Sarah @ The Healthy Diva February 14, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I love that you made a special dinner instead of dessert!!! So fresh and vibrant looking. I actually read a statistic that said teachers receive the most valentine’s day cards and gifts! And you guys deserve it for all the amazing work you do. Happy valentine’s day!

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Brittany (healthy slice of life) February 14, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Mmm looks delicious!! I love pasta, too. And you’re not alone. I’ve been known to cry my eyes out for the smallest reasons leaving my poor husban looking at me with a confused, ignorant stare. Oh, boys.

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cleaneatingchelsey February 14, 2012 at 7:44 pm

haha they have no idea what goes on in our minds.

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Alexa @ Simple Eats February 14, 2012 at 4:15 pm

I’m pretty sure I could eat sundried tomatoes straight out of the jar…this gives me a reason to do that and add some other delicious stuff. Looks awesome!

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Anna @ The Guiltless Life February 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm

This looks delicioso!

Penne or rigatoni pasta isn’t tooo bad though. It’s the spaghetti that’s the slurpy embarrassing kind. I seriously won’t even allow dinner to be a date during the first few dates because I’m too preoccupied with trying to look graceful while eating to concentrate on the date. Yeah, I know, I’m kinda nuts that way…

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Talia @ Bite Size Wellness February 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm

This looks delicious! I love the addition of white beans and sun-dried tomatoes are a favorite of mine.
Also, I have a ton of heart hate (like the paper cut out, slapped all over cards type hearts)…I think there are other ways to show love like your delicious pasta dish!

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Kaila @healthyhelperblog! February 14, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Yum!! I love pesto of all kinds and its such a perfect valentines day meal! My parents are obsessed with pesto and they always make it on special occasions for eachother.

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 14, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope this one is tear-free for you. ;)

This looks so good! Fresh basil is so key.

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cleaneatingchelsey February 14, 2012 at 7:45 pm

no tears shed. haha!

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Cara Craves... February 14, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Mmmm…so many yummy ingredients in one bowl, great recipe!

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Alexis @ Hummusapien February 14, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Beautiful dinner! I love the colors for V Day. We made a really similar dish last week in my volunteering program…. basically whole wheat pasta with diced roma tomatoes, white beans and basil. So simple but so delicious! I loved how the white beans made the dish creamy. Hope you and your hubby enjoy the day :)

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Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama February 14, 2012 at 7:10 pm

I’m a Valentine’s scrooge too. No themed post for me. I wrote about beans. Can’t get much more romantic than that!

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Cheryl @ eatplayluvblog February 14, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Lady and the Tramp topped my fav list too!

I had quinoa for the first time today — it took me FOREVER but I found love on V day, single and all! I also bought myself flowers…why not, right?!

Happy day!

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Emily February 14, 2012 at 9:38 pm

This definitely qualifies as a “Valentine’s Day meal” in my opinion! I always associate Valentines Day with Italian food anyways.
It looks delicious! And the bowls are amazing. Love. <3

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Robin Cobb February 14, 2012 at 10:52 pm

This looks incredible! I have noticed in many of your blogs that you use nutritional yeast. I went to a few grocery stores and haven’t been able to find it. Where do you get nutritional yeast at?

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cleaneatingchelsey February 15, 2012 at 6:09 am

Whole Foods! Either by the vitamins or in the bulk section.

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Jentry Nielsen February 15, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Well this pasta may not be Valentine themed…but it looks delicious nonetheless. haha

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Jane March 6, 2012 at 2:48 pm

For the amount of the brown rice pasta, you have 6 oz., but I believe it should be 16 oz. Please advise. Thank you.

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Natalie Tate March 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm

I’m definitely making this tonight! The past week has been SO warm that I’m ready for summer pastas and salads!

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