Cook the pasta according to packing directions. Drain and set aside.
Add about a tablespoon of water or vegetable stock to a large pot. Make sure there’s enough room in the pot to add the pasta to the sauce later. Cook garlic until softened, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes, beans, herbs, stock, and greens and simmer over low heat for about 20 minutes.
Add pasta to sauce and beans and simmer about 5 minutes. Remove bay leaf before serving. Sprinkle with nutritional yeast if desired.
Variations: Add more stock to make it soupier. Use different beans. Cooked lentils would work nicely. If you'd like it spicy, add 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes with the other spices.