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Paccheri pasta with butter beans in pan on blue background.

Paccheri Pasta With Butter Beans

Paccheri pasta with butter beans, Italian sausage, sun dried tomatoes, garlic and parsley in a simple sauce.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 911kcal
Author James


  • ½ pound paccheri pasta
  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage
  • 1 16 ounce can of butter beans
  • ¼ cup sun dried tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup parsley
  • cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ tsp chili flakes
  • ½ cup pasta water


  • Cook the paccheri pasta to 'al dente' in salted (2 Tbsp kosher salt per gallon) water.  Before draining reserve 2 cups of pasta water.  Finely chop a ¼ cup of fresh parsley.  Also, rough chop 4 cloves of garlic and a ¼ cup of sun dried tomatoes.
  • While pasta is cooking, in a large pan saute the ground sausage in 2 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat.  Break apart any large pieces with a wooden spoon.  When sausage is fully cooked (15-20 minutes), remove from pan and set aside.
  • In the same pan, add a ¼ cup of olive oil and saute garlic until golden (about 2 minutes).  Add the sun dried tomatoes and chili flakes to the pan and let cook for 1 minute.
  • Add a ½ cup of pasta water and scrape any brown bits off the pan bottom with a wooden spoon.  Return the sausage to the pan and add the rinsed butter beans.
  • Add the paccheri pasta and mix thoroughly to combine. Let the pasta cook for 1 minute to heat through and absorb the sauce.  Taste test and adjust salt and/or chili flakes if required.  If the pasta is too dry add a couple ounces more of the reserved pasta water.
  • Remove the pan from the stove, add the parsley and a big drizzle of extra virgin olive oil on top.  Enjoy!


  • Feel free to substitute any tubular sized pasta.
  • No extra salt was added, adjust according to taste.
  • Chili flakes are optional.
  • A few ounces of the extra pasta water can be used to thin out the pasta sauce if necessary.


Calories: 911kcal | Carbohydrates: 56.5g | Protein: 36.7g | Fat: 60.6g | Saturated Fat: 14.5g | Cholesterol: 137mg | Sodium: 892mg | Potassium: 1084mg | Sugar: 1.7g | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 7.2mg