Linguini with White Beans and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

by simplylife on May 17, 2012

I work a full-time job.  Most nights I come home from work excited to cook.  I know that for many people. after a long day, the last thing they want to do is come home and have more “work” to do.

However, I don’t see cooking as work at all.  It’s a part of my day I look forward to time and time again.  Sure, there are some nights that I would rather have someone else do the cooking and a plate of warm food just appear in front of me, but to be honest, those days are far and few between.

Cooking is my time to unwind from the day.  I put on a Pandora station, take out my ingredients and zone out while I add a splash of this and a sliver of that.

With all that said, even though I do enjoy cooking the vast majority of the time, there are still plenty of times I want a quick meal to prepare.  Less time cooking often means more time that my husband and I can linger at the dinner table talking about our days.

This meal is easy to prepare and comes together well under 30 minutes.  With just a few simple ingredients and a little bit of time, you too can make sure to save extra time for sitting around the table with your loved ones.

We enjoyed this with and without parmesan cheese on top.  Both ways are recommended.


Linguini with White Beans and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

by Simply Life

Keywords: saute entree vegetarian vegan tomato pasta nuts beans Mediterranean


  • Whole wheat linguini
  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbs. sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz. can white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 2 tbs. slivered almonds
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • Oregano, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • Parmesan shards (optional)


1. Cook pasta according to package directions, reserving 1/4 cup cooking water. Meanwhile, in large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Stir in sun-dried tomatoes and beans and cook about 2 minutes, until heated through. Add almonds, red pepper flakes, lemon juice, oregano, salt and pepper and mix together. Slowly add reserved cooking water (optional) until desired consistency.

2. Serve mixture over pasta, top with scallions and parmesan cheese, and enjoy!

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  • Belinda

    I guess for some, cooking is another chore or work, but it is clear for you, it’s full of pleasure and delight! Lucky family!

  • Hillary

    This looks like my kind of meal: simple, hearty, delicious.

    And yes, I love cooking! Cooking and baking are my favorite ways to unwind. That being said, there are definitely nights (especially when I’m cooking just for me) where I take a few (or a LOT) of shortcuts. Last night, for example, I made myself a smoothie for dinner. Those nights are few and far between, but they happen!

    • Simply Life

      Yes! Nights that I eat alone I definitely lose a lot of motivation to cook a “real” meal!

  • Colleen

    I look forward to cooking too! Both cooking and baking help me relax, for sure 🙂 What a tasty looking dish this is!

  • Hilliary Wolfe

    This looks delicious!

  • Amy B @ Second City Randomness

    Your feelings towards cooking are how I feel about baking. It’s my way to unwind after a long day.

    Pasta and wine is EXACTLY what I’m doing tonight for the Grey’s season finale. I cannot imagine watching it without comfort food and an alchoholic beverage…

    • Simply Life

      I can’t believe it’s the season finale- i have a few episodes to catch-up on!

  • Bee

    This looks so fancy and gourmet! Great job 🙂

  • love2dine

    Another big hit!! This looks and sounds so delicious!

  • Shannon ~ My Place In The Race

    I love sun dried tomatoes! So yummy! 😛

  • Natalie O

    I love to cook! Tonight I’m doing more like “assembling” though. Gotta use up some leftover steak and chicken.

  • Marissa

    I’m with you, cooking is therapy! + This pasta looks fantastic, thanks.

  • Brittany

    Cooking is relaxing for me. I love cooking with other people. I try to cook almost everyday. This dish looks phenomenal.

  • Colleen

    I only don’t like to cook when I’m too hungry…because then I just want to whatever I can get my hands on the fastest!

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes

    Yes, I like to cook most nights. But there are nights I need something super quick and simple. Lately, we’ve been having grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato slices in the middle or black bean quesadillas on “quick dinner” nights.

    Your pasta dish sounds great! A simple pasta dish and a nice glass of wine is such a nice way to end the day! 🙂

  • Kelly @ Leafy Not Beefy

    This looks absolutely delicious!!

  • Beth

    I love to cook, and I especially love cooking easy meals.
    This one looks delicious!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    This looks amazing!! It’s making me want a second dinner!

  • Kari

    What a beautiful, beautiful dish. And a beautiful post – I can see how you love cooking in the way your posts and dishes come across. It shows!

  • Jolene (

    I usually enjoy cooking most days, but for the last month or so I haven’t been feeling it. I hope to get my mojo back very soon!

  • Blackswan

    I’ve always wondered how some can manage working full-time & blogging at the same time. I’m impressed, dear! Love the colours of the pasta!

  • Joanne

    I totally know what you mean! I love being in the kitchen but sometimes I just want dinner…NOW. This pasta looks so delicious! I love all the ingredients mixed in!

  • Rachel Cooks

    What a fantastic dish, yum! New to your blog–love it!

    • Simply Life

      Thanks!…and Welcome! 🙂

  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    I feel the same way when I get home from work (except on a very rare occasion when I’m super tired). Making dinner is my unwinding time, especially when a glass of wine is involved. This pasta dish looks like an easy and flavorful dinner. I don’t work with sundried tomatoes enough.

  • Sarah

    I much prefer cooking to buying something ready made because I like to be creative and I find it very relaxing. This pasta looks absolutely perfect!

  • ATasteOfMadness

    This looks absolutely delicious! I’m in love with pasta right now, YUM!
    I LOVE cooking. It calms me. I feel more relaxed with a baking tool or pan in my hand 🙂 Maybe because I’m new to cooking (eating out most days, was not good) I really hope my enthusiasm won’t wear down..

  • Yummychunklet

    This pasta dish looks perfect for a lazy kind of dinner. Great idea!

  • Mom

    I like cooking if the atmosphere contains a few things: music and no tv, a clean kitchen to start in, and all of the ingredients!! That makes me happy. The same goes for baking which I love to do with my music blaring!!!

  • JoJo

    Cooking is fun, but I don’t feel like making something that I have to spend so much time in the kitchen after having a baby. Besides, there just aren’t enough time!
    I do miss hanging out in the kitchen without being interrupted though! 🙂

    • Simply Life

      Oh I’m sure it’s very different after having a baby!

  • DeliciousDish

    I love coming home and cooking too. Right now we are staying with my fiancé’s parents while house hunting, and I don’t have my own kitchen so it’s kind of frustrating because I can’t just come home and cook like I did before in my own kitchen with my own things. But anyways… this looks amazing… super flavorful!

  • Emily @ A Cambridge Story

    Great idea adding beans to this pasta to add some oomf (and by oomf I mean protein!). Cooking after a long day can be very therapeutic, in my experiene!

  • San Diego Plumber

    Sun-dried tomatoes! I’m a big fan of sun-dried tomatoes. My friends don’t like it very much because they claim it tastes weird that’s why I don’t cook with it for them. But I’ll definitely try this recipe for myself. 😀

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