Pasta with Green Beans and Cherry Tomatoes

Pasta with green beans and cherry tomatoes – a quick and easy pasta dish with crunchy fresh green beans, sweet cherry tomatoes, olives, feta and walnuts – tossed with a lemony vinaigrette.

Pasta with Green Beans and Cherry Tomatoes | Green Valley Kitchen

I’m all about quick and easy pasta dishes especially now during the holiday season.  With so much going on, it’s sometimes hard to find the time to make a proper meal.   That’s where this pasta with green beans and cherry tomatoes comes in – it comes together quickly, it works well hot or cold and is packed with fresh green beans, sweet cherry tomatoes, crunchy walnuts, salty feta and olives.  Tossed with a simple lemon vinaigrette, it has a fresh, mediterranean vibe.

Pasta with Green Beans and Cherry Tomatoes | Green Valley Kitchen

To help make this a speedy dish, the green beans are cooked with the pasta.  Green beans are great – so fresh, crunchy and, well, green.  I think people tend to overcook them so they lose their bright color and become limp.  But by added them into the pasta 3 minutes before the pasta is to be done, they retain some of their crunch and they remain a lovely bright green color.

Pasta with Green Beans and Cherry Tomatoes | Green Valley Kitchen

Pasta with Green Beans and Cherry Tomatoes | Green Valley Kitchen

 A couple of notes:

I used mini farfalle for this dish.  You can switch out any type of pasta that you want – fusilli, penne or orzo would all work well.

You’re going to be adding the green beans to the pasta as it cooks.  So 3 minutes before the pasta is done, add in the green beans.

This dish comes together really quickly so prep/dice/chop everything before you start cooking the pasta.

This was really good cold – so make a little extra for lunch the next day.

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Pasta with Green Beans and Cherry Tomatoes

Pasta with Green Beans and Cherry Tomatoes | Green Valley Kitchen

A quick and easy pasta dish with crunchy fresh green beans, sweet cherry tomatoes, olives, feta and walnuts – tossed with a lemony vinaigrette.

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  • Prep Time: 8 mins
  • Cook Time: 7 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6
  • Category: Pasta

Ingredients

  • 8 oz of pasta – about 2 cups dried pasta. I used mini farfalle.
  • 2 cups of chopped green beans.
  • 2 cups of halved cherry tomatoes
  • 12 kalamata olives – diced
  • 1/4 cup of parsley – minced
  • 1/3 cup of walnuts
  • 2 oz of feta cheese – diced
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 6 twists of black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  2. Add green beans to cook with the pasta about 3 minutes before the pasta is done cooking.
  3. When the time is up, drain pasta and green beans.
  4. Slice cherry tomatoes in half and add to a large bowl.
  5. Dice olives and add to cherry tomatoes in the bowl.
  6. Add walnuts to cherry tomatoes in the bowl.
  7. Mince parsley and set aside.
  8. Dice feta and set aside.
  9. Whisk together juice of 1/2 lemon, 2 tbs olive oil, 1 minced garlic clove and 6 twists of black pepper.
  10. Add drained pasta and green beans to tomatoes in bowl. Add parsley and lemon dressing and stir to combine.
  11. Gently fold in feta and serve.

 

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20 comments on “Pasta with Green Beans and Cherry Tomatoes

  1. Traci | Vanilla And Bean

    Love your tip about cooking the green beans with the pasta! Genius! Delicious recipe, Geraldine. Diggin that lemon dressing… so bright and refreshing. Your close up photos are absolutely beautiful! It’s like those tomatoes are right in front of me; so inspiring! Thank you for this delightful, beautiful recipe, Geraldine!

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    1. Geraldine Post author

      Awww, Traci – you always leave the nicest comments – much appreciated!! Have a great night – I’m looking forward to seeing those cookies on Friday.

      Reply
  2. Crystal | Apples & Sparkle

    I tell ya, every single thing you post is right up my alley as far as the food I like to eat on a regular everyday basis. This pasta looks amazing, love the green beans in here. I’ve been snacking on raw green beans constantly lately. : )

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  3. Julia | Orchard Street Kitchen

    Oh, this looks so delicious! I love fresh Mediterranean flavors like salty feta and zesty lemon. And great idea to add the green beans to the pasta as it cooks – you’re right that it’s so easy to overcook them. It’s nice to have quick and healthy recipes in your repertoire for busy times like the holiday season!

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    1. Geraldine Post author

      Hi Julia – thanks so much – I’m such a feta fan – I put it in everything. Hope you have a great day – without too much rushing around this weekend.

      Reply

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