Pasta saves me at least one night a week. When I want dinner on the table fast, or when I forget to take something out to thaw that morning before work, having pasta waiting in the pantry is a saving grace.

Pasta Toss with Zucchini, Beans, Tomatoes, and Feta

But I also tend to fall into ruts when it comes to pasta, making the same sauce almost every time. So lately, I’ve been trying to make myself try new combos. Homemade cream sauces. Asian and Thai inspired flavors.

And instead of buying the usual suspects at the store, I’ve been finding new things like these incredible citrus-stuffed olives that I’m obsessed with and our homemade pesto (that I completely forgot I had in the freezer).

Pasta Toss with Zucchini, Beans, Tomatoes, and Feta

This mix is one of my favorite flavor combos, and I’ve done something similar with couscous before but hadn’t tried it with pasta. Until this week!

I love anything with feta, so I knew this would be a hit. And even with only half a box of pasta, this made enough for a dinner and a couple of lunches this week, leaving me less work to figure out what to pack for the day.

Pasta Toss with Zucchini, Beans, Tomatoes, and Feta

The best part? This pasta takes less than 30 minutes AND it’s delicious and good for you! You wouldn’t think that something as easy as pasta with white beans, zucchini, tomatoes, feta, and olive oil would be this tasty…but it is.

And Dreamfields – our favorite pasta – is offering up an entire case of pasta for one of you! Yup – a whole case of pasta. Now that’s a way to stock your pantry!

To enter:

Tell me your favorite pasta dish.

For extra entries:

Tweet about the giveaway and let me know you did

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Good luck!!

Pasta Toss with Zucchini, Beans, Tomatoes, and Feta

This stovetop pasta dish is one of the easiest - and satisfying meals - ever! It's full of flavor, but light on ingredients, so it won't take all of your time or pantry to pull this together. Want even more flavor? I love adding good olives to this or cooked chicken for even more protein.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. Dreamfields rotini
  • 1/3 cup +1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium zucchini, halved and sliced
  • ½ cup roasted tomatoes or sundried tomatoes in olive oil
  • 1 12 oz. can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled

Directions:

  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tsp olive oil to the pan and add the sliced zucchini. Cook - not stirring – for 4-5 minutes on one side until the zucchini begins to brown. Stir the zucchini and cook for another 3-5 minutes until the zucchini is cooked.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a palmful of salt and stir in pasta, returning to a boil. Cook the pasta over medium heat, stirring occasionally for 8-9 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes and beans to the pan with the zucchini. Cook over medium heat, about 5 minutes until everything is warmed through.
  4. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and return it to the pot. Add the zucchini mixture to the pasta and toss together with the 1/3 cup olive oil, 1 tsp salt, and ¼ tsp pepper. Let the pasta cool for about 5 minutes, then stir in the crumbled feta cheese. Serve warm or chilled.

This contest is open to U.S. residents only. I will choose the winner a week from today. Dreamfields sponsored this post and is offering the case of pasta for the giveaway – all recipes and opinions are my own.

64 Responses to “Pasta Toss with Zucchini, Beans, Tomatoes, and Feta (Dreamfields giveaway)”

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    Terri C — February 19, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Homemade Mac and cheese!

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    Elena — February 19, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    My favorite is lasagna

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    Elena — February 19, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    I like Dreamfields on facebook as Elena Istomina

    • Brandi replied: — March 27th, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      Hi Elena – congratulations! You win the case of Dreamfields! Please email me at branappetit at gmail.com

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    Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming — February 20, 2014 at 12:04 am

    i love pesto pasta!

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    Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming — February 20, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Like Dreamfields on Facebook

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    Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming — February 20, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Liked BranAppetit on Facebook\

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    Melissa — February 20, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Aglio e olio is my favorite!

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    Melissa — February 20, 2014 at 12:49 am

    tweeted: https://twitter.com/justtellmewhen/status/436377030569910272

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    Bobbi Grant — February 20, 2014 at 5:24 am

    Just any recipe that ends well with noodles. Can not tell the difference in Dreamfields and any other brand except on the scales. Tried frozen meatballs with a brown gravy mix adding sour cream just before serving. Yummy and easy. Crockpot did all of the work. Give me Dreamfields every time. The meatballs with pepped up gravy over the noodles were a perfect cold night dinner.

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    Bobbi Grant — February 20, 2014 at 5:31 am

    Liked Dreamfields and BranAppetit on Facebook

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    Liz — February 20, 2014 at 7:39 am

    To choose only one pasta favorite is difficult. I’ll say chicken divan.

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    Taylor — February 20, 2014 at 7:57 am

    cacio e pepe!

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    Hope @ With A Side Of Hope — February 20, 2014 at 8:23 am

    I love pasta with vodka sauce!

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    Melissa — February 20, 2014 at 8:45 am

    I love Pasta Primavera!

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    Katrina @ WVS — February 20, 2014 at 8:47 am

    I love the look of this! Such a nice meal!

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    Kate — February 20, 2014 at 9:42 am

    My favorite pasta dish is buffalo mac and cheese!

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    Danielle — February 20, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Our family favorite is a Tortellini Salad loaded with veggies and topped with a balsamic vinaigrette. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — February 20, 2014 at 11:24 am

    This pasta looks wonderful! We eat A LOT of pasta and this will have to be added to our menu

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    Kelly D — February 20, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    My favorite pasta dish is baked ziti.

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    Kelly D — February 20, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    I like you on FB(Kelly D Saver)

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    Tanya Riley — February 20, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    My fave pasta dish is shrimp fettuccine alfredo

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    Tanya Riley — February 20, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    i like dreamfields on facebook

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    Tanya Riley — February 20, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    i like branappetit on facebook

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    Tanya Riley — February 20, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    i tweeted

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    Leah — February 20, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    My favorite pasta dish is cheese tortellini with pesto, veggies, and goat cheese!

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    Nina Lyman — February 20, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    I love Dreamfields pasta..we make spaghetti and veg sausage, and pasta with pesto , pasta with shrimp and peanut sauce..many many things..it is the best

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    Genevieve Schultz — February 20, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Shrimp Alfredo Scampi

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    jacquie — February 20, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    lasagna with lots of veggies

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    Cynthia — February 20, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    My favorite is Penne with homemade marinara sauce, sausage and then I add some veggies like kale or spinach and carrots. Also cheese mixed in.

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    Christa Lopez — February 20, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    My favorite pasta dish is Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce with Mushrooms.

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    Christa Lopez — February 20, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    I like Dreamfields on Facebook.

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    Christa Lopez — February 20, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    I like BranAppetit on Facebook.

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    Cathy Bradford — February 20, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Lasagna

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    William C. Benny — February 20, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Spaghetti with ground turkey meat sauce.

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    amy dendy — February 20, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Parm pesto pasta

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    Laura — February 20, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    spaghetti carbonara!

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    Mary-Walker H — February 20, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    My favorite pasta dish is tuna noodles and peas.

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    Cindy A. — February 20, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    I love a simple ziti and marinara dish.

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    Cindy A. — February 20, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Tweet!

    https://twitter.com/normawatson/status/436678110054846464

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    Cindy A. — February 20, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    I like Dreamfields on Facebook.

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    Cindy A. — February 20, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    I like BranAppetit on Facebook.

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    Karen D — February 21, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Favorite? Mac & cheese!

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    Karen D — February 21, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Karen Goodwin Delaney likes Bran Appetit on Facebook

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    Karen D — February 21, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Karen Goodwin Delaney likes Dreamfields on Facebook

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    Karen D — February 21, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Tweeted at https://twitter.com/KDFF/status/436980686788915200

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    Koko @ Koko Likes — February 21, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    A simple bolognese!

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    Betsy — February 22, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Love Bolognese.

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    Cori Westphal — February 22, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    I love fettuccine alfredo! Yum!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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    Cori Westphal — February 22, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Tweet: https://twitter.com/coriwestphal/status/437312659407392768

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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    sara haaf — February 23, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Fettucine Alfredo is my favorite pasta dish!

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    Carolsue — February 25, 2014 at 4:09 am

    I hope this giveaway is still active…..
    My favorite pasta dish is the Old Spaghetti Factory Mizithra Cheese and Brown Butter spaghetti!

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    Carolsue — February 25, 2014 at 4:09 am

    I like you on Facebook as Carolsue Anderson (MsCarolsueA)

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    Carolsue — February 25, 2014 at 4:10 am

    I like Dreamfields on Facebook as Carolsue Anderson (MsCarolsueA)

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    Jenna — February 25, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Brandi- this pasta salad looks awesome! I love the variety of textures and flavor!! Cant wait to try it!

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    Niki — February 25, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    I love using Dreamfields Angel Hair pasta with a peanut sauce and scallions.

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    Karen - Cinnamon Freud — February 26, 2014 at 1:31 am

    I love carbonara and mac and cheese!

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    Karen - Cinnamon Freud — February 26, 2014 at 1:32 am

    Like Bran Appetit on Facebook (Cinnamon Freud)

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    Kendal Barriere — February 27, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    sausage tomato cream pasta with penne pasta

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    Kendal Barriere — February 27, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    i like dream fields on facebook

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    Kendal Barriere — February 27, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    i liked branappetit on facebook.

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    Nutmeg Nanny — March 5, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Oh so delicious :) perfect flavors in this dish, I love it!!

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    LM Abrams — March 8, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    garlic, oil and parm

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    sa collins — April 10, 2014 at 10:10 am

    My favorite pasts dish is olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes and parm.

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