Whole-wheat Spaghetti with Sautéed Leeks, White Beans, and Walnuts


Although few Italian cooks would ever serve this much sauce over a plate of pasta, avid vegetable lovers will appreciate the generous serving of chunky leek-and-white bean sauce.

  • 3 oz. pasta and 1 cup sauceServings


  • 3 medium leeks, white and light green parts chopped (6 cups)
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced (1 cup)
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 115-oz. can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbs.)
  • 12 oz. whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 3 oz. crumbled feta cheese (3/4 cup), optional
  • 1/3 cup chopped toasted walnuts


1. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add leeks, bell pepper, and red pepper flakes; sauté 10 minutes, or until vegetables begin to brown. Stir in beans, vegetable broth, and garlic. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

2. Meanwhile, cook spaghetti according to package directions until al dente, about 7 minutes. Drain. Divide spaghetti among 4 bowls or plates. Spoon sauce over each serving of pasta, and sprinkle with feta cheese, if desired, and walnuts.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: Serves 4
  • Calories: 569
  • Carbohydrate Content: 103 g
  • Fat Content: 12 g
  • Fiber Content: 19 g
  • Protein Content: 20 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 1 g
  • Sodium Content: 524 mg
  • Sugar Content: 11 g