The combo of cooked beans and hearty greens is a pretty classic one in Italian home cooking. The beauty of it, really, is that you can easily make a super hearty dinner for four that is nutritionally balanced, ready in no time, and even light on the wallet. Note: Although you'd never know it from the depth of flavor, this recipe is also vegetarian. If you prefer a bit of meat with your dinner go ahead and crisp up some pancetta, bacon or their leaner Canadian cousin and add that to the mix too.
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While the pasta is cooking, place a large high-sided skillet over moderate heat with the olive oil. Add the shallot and garlic to the skillet and cook until tender and aromatic, about 2 minutes. Add the greens and beans to the skillet along with the reserved 1/4 cup of pasta cooking water, season with salt and pepper and place a lid on the skillet. Cook the greens, stirring occasionally, until wilted and heated through, about 5 minutes.