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    Penne with Green Beans and Herbs

    Makes 4 servings: 5 points per serving

    To save time and cooking pots, cook the beans with the pasta.

    1 1/2 cups penne
    1 pound green beans, cut into 1 1/2-2" lengths (I use french cut frozen green beans that are thawed in this recipe)
    4 teaspoons olive oil
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
    1/4 cup chopped basil
    1/2 teaspoon minced thyme
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

    In a large pot of boiling water, cook the penne 7 minutes; add the beans and cook until the
    penne is tender, 5-7 minutes longer(If you are using the french cut beans, wait until the penne is about 3 minutes from being done). Drain, reserving 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking liquid, and keep warm. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil. Add the garlic; cook, stirring, about 1 minute. Stir in the penne and cooking liquid;* cook, stirring as needed, until the liquid is slightly reduced. Remove from the heat; stir in the parsley, basil, thyme, salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the cheese; toss to combine.

    PER SERVING: 253 Calories, 7 g Total Fat, 2 g Saturated Fat, 4 mg Cholesterol, 393 mg Sodium, 39 g Total Carbohydrate, 5 g Dietary Fiber, 10 g Protein, 141 mg Calcium .

    *The starches in the pasta cooking water help to bind the herbs to the pasta, so you don't need to add oil to the dish.

    Recipe from Weight Watchers Versatile Vegetarian
    Barbara
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    Sounds like we have another winner here.
    Donna
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    cybergranny,

    that sounds wonderful! can't wait to try it.

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